Israel obstructs prisoner swap talks: Palestinian minister

19:31, December 10, 2009      

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Israel puts obstacles in the negotiations on a prisoner swap with Hamas for a captured Israeli soldier by refusing to free certain Palestinian prisoners, Palestinian minister of prisoners affairs said Thursday.

Eissa Qaraqe' said Israel refused to free a number of prisoners who are on a list presented by Islamic Hamas movement which has been holding Gilad Shalit hostage in Gaza since 2006.

"Israel also wants to deport several prisoners and exclude" Arab-Israeli prisoners who live in Jerusalem or other Israeli towns from the negotiations, Qaraqe' told Voice of Palestine radio.

"These obstacles have appeared, but I think the negotiations are still going on but not that fast," Qaraqe' said.

Hamas and Israel have been holding indirect talks through Germany and Egypt to finalize the prisoner swap deal that exchange around 1,000 prisoners for the Israeli corporal who was captured by Gaza militants in June 2006.

On Thursday, Israeli newspaper Yedioth Ahronoth quoted a Hamas official as saying that the Islamic movement has answered all questions related to the swap and that the implementation was in Israel's hands.

In early October, Israel released 20 Palestinian women prisoners in return for a "proof-of-life" video tape of Shalit that showed him to be in good health. Abbas: No swap deal reached so far on Israeli Shalit.

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