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Hamas: Israel's move on prisoners against law

Hamas: Israel's move on prisoners against law

Al Qassam website - Hamas has condemned Israel’s decision to impose stricter conditions on Palestinian security prisoners as a “brutal breach of international and humanitarian law”.

Senior Hamas official Mahmoud al-Zahar said the announcement by Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu was designed to cover up his part in the failure to clinch a prisoner swap deal to bring back Gilad Shalit, the Israeli soldier who has been in Hamas captivity for five years today.

“The only solution for achieving Shalit’s release is a deal that would fulfil Palestinian demands and put paid to the prisoner issue,” Mr al-Zahar said.

On Thursday, Hamas rejected the International Committee of the Red Cross demand to show proof that Mr Shalit is alive. Hamas said the organisation should also consider the suffering of the 7,000 Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails.