Israeli court rejects bid to overturn Gaza truce

Shalit's case is expected to be part of the discussions Prime Minister Ehud Olmert is scheduled to hold on Tuesday in Egypt with President Hosni Mubarak.

Israeli court rejects bid to overturn Gaza truce
Israel's Supreme Court on Monday rejected an appeal by the parents of a soldier held in Gaza against the easing of an Israeli blockade of the Gaza Strip under a four-day-old ceasefire.

In a unanimous decision released to the media, the three-judge panel said that while it understood the plight of Sergeant Gilad Shalit's family, any court intervention in political matters must be very limited.

His case is expected to be part of the discussions Prime Minister Ehud Olmert is scheduled to hold on Tuesday in Egypt with President Hosni Mubarak.

Egypt brokered a truce that went into effect on Thursday between Israel and the Gaza Strip's Hamas Islamist rulers.

Shalit's family had asked the court to prevent the implementation of any agreement to ease Israel's blockade of the Gaza Strip until the soldier was freed or a guarantee for his release was given.

Israel cut back the supplies of fuel and other goods into the Gaza Strip a year ago.

Reuters
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