Family gets no letter from captive soldier

May 30, 2008 at 5:08 PM

JERUSALEM, May 30 (UPI) -- The relatives of kidnapped Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit said they have yet to get a letter written by him, even though Hamas pledged to let him send one.

Exiled Hamas leader Khaled Meshal pledged to former U.S. President Jimmy Carter more than a month ago that Shalit would be permitted to mail his relatives a letter, Haaretz reported Friday.

While on an April trip to Israel, Carter told Shas party chairman Eli Yishai about the letter agreement. Carter later talked with Shalit's father and a government representative about releasing Israeli soldiers who are held by Hamas and the Lebanese Shi'ite group Hezbollah.

The Shalits said they have gotten a recorded message and two letters from Gilad since he was kidnapped in a June 2006 raid by Gazan extremists.

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