The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) said that it would be willing to release Palestinian prisoners in exchange for abducted Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit. However, the IDF has stated that it would not free prisoners with “blood on their hands,” in other words, those involved in terrorism. The IDF would consider releasing those individuals who are being held under the Prevention of Terrorism Ordinance, such as members of the Palestinian Legislative Council and Hamas ministers, as well as security prisoners jailed for minor offenses, such as belonging to terrorist organizations. The IDF is concerned more with the type of prisoners than it is with the number of prisoners to release.
Meanwhile, Egyptian representatives have confirmed that Shalit is alive, and reliable Palestinian reports say that he is receiving medical care for his wounds sustained in the initial attack when he was abducted. Palestinian and Israeli human rights activists issued a joint statement calling “all groups holding the wounded soldier Shalit to adhere to the Geneva Convention obliging them to provide medical care to sick and wounded soldiers.” Human Rights Watch said Palestinian groups were committing a war crime by keeping Shalit hostage in exchange for prisoners.
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