Hamas rejects Israel's prisoner swap response

Hamas leaders ended talks in Damascus over Israel prisoner swap.

Hamas rejects Israel's prisoner swap response

Hamas rejected Israel's response to a prisoner swap and asked a German mediator to continue to pursue a deal, a Hamas official said on Wednesday after leaders of the group ended talks in Damascus.

"The consultations will continue and the negotiations will continue. We cannot say that the deal has reached a dead end. And we cannot say that (the talks were) concluded by a deal," Ayman Taha told Reuters in the Gaza Strip.

Intensified consultations on both sides raised speculation last week that a deal to free some 1,000 Palestinians in Israel jails in return for Gilad Shalit, an Israeli soldier held captive in the Gaza Strip, was imminent.

A Hamas source close to the talks said the German mediator who has been shuttling between the sides will begin a new round of negotiations next week.

Palestinian officials have said Israel and Hamas have not agreed on a final list of prisoners to be released.


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