The International Committee of the Red Cross is asking Palestinian armed groups to prove that Gilad ben Aviva Shalit, captured five years ago, is alive.
The agency’s director-general, Yves Daccord, called the absence of information concerning Sgt. Gilad Shalit “completely unacceptable.”
The Red Cross said today that Gaza’s Hamas rulers turned down its previous requests to visit Shalit.
He was captured June 25, 2006, by Hamas-linked militants in a cross-border raid. There has been no sign of life for nearly two years, when Hamas released a short videotape.
Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri accused the Red Cross of being a tool of Israeli intelligence, and said the Shalit case would be ended by swapping him for Palestinian prisoners.