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Al-Aqsa Brigades publish details of 'kidnapped soldier' * Gr oup Claims Second Israeli Soldier Held

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  • Joseph M. Hochstein
    Ynetnews July 1, 2006 Al-Aqsa Brigades publish details of kidnapped soldier Militant group insists it kidnapped another IDF soldier, publishes his photo,
    Message 1 of 1 , Jul 1 4:29 AM
      July 1, 2006

      Al-Aqsa Brigades publish details of 'kidnapped soldier'

      Militant group insists it kidnapped another IDF soldier, publishes his
      photo, identification card on Al-Jazeera; Israeli investigation finds no
      basis to claims, reveals details published those of reserves soldier
      currently abroad

      by Ali Waked

      The al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades, Fatah's armed wing, insisted early
      Saturday that it had kidnapped another Israel soldier in the past two

      Al- Jazeera published details of the soldier allegedly abducted by the
      militants, including a photo of the "kidnapped" soldier, his name,
      date of birth, identification number and city of residence. However, an
      IDF and Israel Police investigation found no basis to the claims, saying
      the details published by Al-Jazeera were those of a reserves soldier who
      is currently abroad.

      On Friday the Brigades published a statement saying the group had
      kidnapped a soldier, but provided no identifying details.

      The group published a list of demands for the soldier's release,
      including the release of Palestinian prisoners and an end to the 'siege
      imposed by Israel on the Palestinians since Hamas won the general
      elections in January.'

      In addition, the al-Aqsa Brigades called on Israel to release the Hamas
      officials recently detained in the West Bank and demanded the transfer
      of Yasser Arafat's body to the al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem.

      On Friday a senior al-Aqsa members told Ynet that they were unaware of a
      soldier being abducted by the organization and that the report was
      apparently false.

      Senior al-Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades members estimated that the report was
      false, saying that it may have been part of the internal competition
      between Palestinian organization.

      'Our people are frustrated'

      A senior al-Aqsa commander said: "There are people here who are unable
      to digest the success of the Hamas movement and the Popular Resistance
      Committees, which carried out the abduction in Kerem Shalom, and feel a
      sort of organizational envy that they are not part of this success."

      The senior commander added that al-Aqsa members recently claimed
      responsibility for mock kidnappings due to frustration among the
      activists following the abduction and murder of teen settler Eliyahu

      He explained that one of the kidnappers was an al-Aqsa member who
      collaborated with the PRC after realizing that his organization is
      afraid of carrying out such an operation due to the expected pressures
      by security organizations following its implementation.

      "Our people are frustrated because organizations constraints and the
      affiliation to Fatah have prevented them from taking part in the
      abduction. This is the only reason for the recent reports, which are
      aimed at bringing al-Aqsa back to business in terms of the public
      opinion, as well as creating confusion among the Israelis," the
      commander explained.

      The Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades also claimed it had kidnapped missing
      Rishon Letzion resident Noach Moskowitz, but the 62-year-old's body was
      found in a cemetery in the city. Police officials estimated that he died
      of natural causes.

      (07.01.06, 09:48)

      The Palestine Chronicle
      July 1, 2006

      Group Claims Second Israeli Soldier Held

      The soldier was seized in the West Bank, the group said. They named him
      as Hoffmann Kfeir Samuel, 24, a resident of Hulul, south of Tel Aviv.

      GAZA CITY - Palestinian fighters have kidnapped a second Israeli soldier
      and threatened to kill him unless Israel ends its military offensive in
      the Palestinian territories, the Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades announced
      overnight on Friday.

      In a statement received by AFP in Gaza City, the armed group, loosely
      affiliated to the Fatah movement, called for "the end of the Israeli
      offensive" and "the lifting of the blockade" in the territories.

      "If our demands are not met, the Al-Aqsa Brigades will kill the
      kidnapped soldier," the statement said, without giving any details.

      The soldier was seized in the West Bank, the group said. They named him
      as Hoffmann Kfeir Samuel, 24, a resident of Hulul, south of Tel Aviv.

      There was no immediate Israeli response.

      The group also demanded the release of Hamas ministers and deputies
      arrested by Israeli forces following the earlier kidnapping of
      19-year-old army corporal Gilad Shalit, along with the release of "all
      the other detained Palestinians".

      The Israeli army launched a major air and ground offensive earlier this
      week, largely in the Gaza Strip, following the capture of Shalit.


      Meanwhile, three Palestinian groups that had earlier captured Gilad
      Shalit have demanded in a statement on Saturday that Israel free 1,000
      Arab prisoners held in its jails and end an offensive in Gaza.

      The document titled: Military Statement Number Two, which was faxed to
      news agencies, did not specify whether the demands were for the release
      of Corporal Gilad Shalit.

      But a spokesman for the military wing of the governing Hamas group, one
      of the three factions, said they were conditions for freeing Shalit.

      Israel has said it will not discuss releasing prisoners in exchange for

      It was the second statement released by the groups since Shalit was
      abducted in a cross-border raid on Sunday.

      "We are declaring to the public our just and humanitarian demands," it

      It repeated an earlier demand for the release of women prisoners and
      minors in exchange for information on Shalit, but later made the added
      request for Israel to free 1,000 "Palestinian, Arab and Muslim

      It said these would have to include all Palestinian faction leaders as
      well as humanitarian cases.

      Doubts over Release

      The statement cast doubt on hopes voiced by mediators that Shalit could
      be freed soon.

      "In spite of the good efforts of the mediators who tried in silence to
      speed up the treatment of this humanitarian matter, the enemy and their
      political leadership are still under the pressure of the security and
      military command," it said.

      "The escalation and arrogance mean the enemy will be responsible for the
      bad consequences"

      "The escalation and arrogance mean the enemy will be responsible for the
      bad consequences," it said. There was no specific threat to Shalit.

      Besides Hamas's armed wing, the Popular Resistance Committees and Army
      of Islam, too, participated in the kidnapping of the soldier. They have
      not said their statements are an admission that they are holding him.

      Israeli tanks entered the southern Gaza Strip this week in the biggest
      push into the territory since Israel pulled out troops and settlers last
      year after 38 years of occupation. The offensive, which has included air
      strikes and artillery, is intended to force Shalit's release.

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