Hamas rejects delivering gifts to captive Shalit
A Hamas official said Wednesday that delivering presents to kidnapped Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit is " a matter of fancy" and can never be accepted anyway, Xinhua reported.
Salah al-Bardaweel made the remarks as Israeli supporters of Shalit and families of Palestinian prisoners will hold a join rally Thursday at both sides of the border between Gaza and Israel, during which the two sides will exchange gifts to be sent to the Palestinian prisoners and the captive Israeli soldier.
Al-Bardaweel said Shalit is being held in a secret place and Hamas' political leaders do not know the place.
"It is clear that the suggestion to send the gifts aims at collecting information about the place and the circumstances in which Shalit is held," he added.
Hamas captured Shalit in a cross-border raid in 2006. Since then, Hamas and Israel have been holding indirect talks on exchanging Shalit for more than 1,000 Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails.