Hamas releases propoganda video of Shalit

Sept. 20, 2010 at 3:35 PM
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GAZA, Sept. 20 (UPI) -- Hamas posted another propaganda video clip Monday of Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit held captive in Gaza since June 2006.

In the video clip displayed on its Web site,an image of Shalit is shown sitting at a table in a dark room, flanked by two Hamas operatives, including one armed with a Kalashnikov rifle.

The second operative places a suitcase on the table before Shalit, and removes items from it placing them on the table.

The screen then goes black and the words "will the mission be completed" run across the screen. Gunshots follow.

"The Shalit family regrets that instead of worrying about the hundreds of Palestinian prisoners incarcerated in Israel, of which some could already have been released to their homes, the Hamas leaders continue to hold Gilad, our son, hostage to their political whims, an act which in itself is an ongoing war crime and a violation of international law," a statement released by the Shalit family said in response to the Hamas video tape.

In April, the Hamas military wing released a three-dimensional, animated video tape showing Shalit being returned to Israel in a coffin.

The 3-minute video showed Shalit's father Noam walking the streets clutching a photo of his son. The elder Shalit is later depicted as an old man waiting at a Gaza border crossing, when a military vehicle draws up next to him, and a coffin draped in an Israeli flag is removed.

Noam screams out, and the next image shows him waking up in the protest tent in Jerusalem, signifying the entire video was a dream.

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's office issued a statement condemning the video.

Four years ago, Shalit, who was serving near the Gaza border, was abducted in a cross border raid and taken to Gaza where he has been held captive ever since.

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