Report: New Letter From Gilad Shalit

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shalit_0710A senior Hamas terrorist leader, Musa Abu Marzouk, is holding a new letter written by abducted Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit, according to a report in a Kuwaiti newspaper today. He allegedly received the letter during a recent visit to Gaza.  Sources associated with Hamas told the Al-Jarida newspaper that Abu Marzouk, who is the second most senior leader of the terror group outside the Palestinian Authority, was in Gaza last week. While there, he met with Hamas armed operatives, including those responsible for the Israeli hostage. According to the sources quoted by Al-Jarida, Abu Marzouk received at that time a letter written by Shalit from Ahmed al-Ja’abari, a leader of the abduction cell holding the young soldier captive.

Abu Marzouk, who lives in Syria, reportedly delivered the Shalit letter to Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem, according Al-Jarida.

The visit by Abu Marzouk to Gaza was his first in 30 years and it was initially claimed that he went there to visit his ailing mother. Arab sources said Abu Marzouk was there to advance negotiations for a release of terrorists currently imprisoned in Israel. The visit was coordinated with Egypt without Israeli involvement, the sources said, contrary to other reports.

Just over two weeks ago, in mid-February, Abu-Marzouk speculated that Gilad Shalit may have been killed during the Israeli counter-terrorist campaign in Gaza launched in late December. “I don’t have enough information,” he told the London-based Al-Hayat newspaper, “but Shalit may have been among the children who died. But really, I don’t know.”

Shalit was taken hostage during a 2006 Hamas raid on an IDF base just outside Kerem Shalom Crossing into the Gaza region. Two soldiers were killed in the attack and a fourth was badly wounded.

Hamas has thus far refused to allow representatives of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) access to the IDF captive, a demand Israel has made during negotiations for his release. The only signs of life from Shalit since his capture have been an audio recording and a single letter in his handwriting, which was delivered by former U.S. President Jimmy Carter after his public meeting with Hamas officials last year.

 {Yair Israel/Arutz-7}


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