Hamas officials in Egypt for Israel prisoner exchange

Three officials from the Palestinian group Hamas crossed into Egypt from Gaza on Sunday to discuss Israel's response to a proposed prisoner swap, a delegation official said.

Hamas officials in Egypt for Israel prisoner exchange

Three officials from the Palestinian group Hamas crossed into Egypt from Gaza on Sunday to discuss Israel's response to a proposed prisoner swap, a delegation official said.

The officials are expected to meet Egyptian security officials. They will later visit Syria for further discussions with Hamas leaders there.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was quoted by Israel's Jerusalem Post newspaper on Sunday as saying he would hold talks in Egypt on Tuesday with President Hosni Mubarak to seek ways to promote Middle East peacemaking.

Egypt and Germany have been mediating a possible exchange of prisoners by Hamas and Israel. Under a proposed deal, Israel will release some 1,000 of the 11,000 Palestinians in Israeli jails for Gilad Shalit.

On Wednesday, the German mediator delivered Israel's latest response to Hamas, whose leaders were now weighing it.


Reuters

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