Hamas denies receiving Israeli prisoner exchange offer

The Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas) has denied on Thursday receiving an Israeli proposal to renew talks on prisoner exchange swap to free a captive Israeli soldier held in Gaza.

Hamas denies receiving Israeli prisoner exchange offer

The Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas) has denied on Thursday receiving an Israeli proposal to renew talks on prisoner exchange swap to free a captive Israeli soldier held in Gaza.

Hamas' denial is in response to what Israel's Ha'aretz newspaper reported Thursday that the Jewish state has sent Hamas anew initiative as part of the efforts to release Shalit, kidnapped in Gaza Strip in June 2006.

"Hamas has not got any new offers regarding (soldier) Gilad Shalit," spokesman Fawzi Barhoom said.

Barhoom reiterated that the three Palestinian factions which hold Shalit were stick to their last demands they convoyed to Israel through Egyptian mediators.

Hamas, the Popular Resistance Committees (PRC) and the Army of Islam demand that one thousand Palestinian prisoners that including the detainees who spent many years in jail, children, women and leaders are among the freed.

Meanwhile, Osama al-Muzini, a well-informed Hamas leader, confirmed that the talks with Israel has suspended when the Egyptian mediators left Gaza Strip when Hamas took over the territory from rival Fatah faction.

However, he revealed that Shalit's case has recently "started to move but not in the desired depth," adding that Israel has asked "new sides to mediate after Egypt stopped," refusing to disclose the new mediators.

Agencies

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