Monday, 11 August 2014

Report: Israel defense minister says Hamas has soldier's body


BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon said Sunday that the body of missing soldier Oron Shaul is "obviously" in the hands of Hamas, Israeli media reported.

"It's obvious to us that Oron's body is in the hands of Hamas, and we're making every effort to retrieve it," Yaalon said, according to the Israeli news site Ynet.

Yaalon said Israel was making diplomatic efforts in ceasefire talks with Hamas to bring Shaul's body back to Israel, the Ynet report said.

Israeli authorities also suspect the body of soldier Hadar Goldin, a soldier killed on Aug. 1. in southern Gaza as a 72-hour ceasefire fell apart, is being held by Hamas.

The secretary-general of the Palestinian delegation told Ma'an Saturday that Israel had attempted to include the issue of two captured Israeli soldiers' bodies in the negotiations.

Bassam al-Salihi said that Israel had offered to release Palestinian prisoners in exchange for the bodies of the two soldiers. more

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