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07-27-2006, 01:06 PM
Hamas denies soldier to be released


Published: Thursday July 27, 2006

The militant wing of ruling party Hamas is denying that the release of a soldier is "imminent", after Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas made the claim earlier this morning.

"With regards to the issue of the abducted Israeli soldier," Abbas told press after a meeting with Italian officials, "I have reiterated that there are ongoing efforts that lead us to believe in an imminent solution."

Abbas was referring to 19 year old Gilad Shalit, who was captured in an attack on an Israeli military post near Gaza in June.

"Nothing has changed in the case of the Israeli soldier," a spokesman for the militants said. "The file remains in the hands of the resistance factions and not in the hands of any politician."