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    Militants demand 1,000 prisoners for Israeli Fri Jun 30, 2006 07:47 PM ET ttp://go.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=worldNews&storyID=12710933 By Nidal
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      Militants demand 1,000 prisoners for Israeli
      Fri Jun 30, 2006 07:47 PM ET
      ttp://go.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=worldNews&storyID=12710933
      By Nidal al-Mughrabi
      GAZA (Reuters) - Palestinian militant factions who captured an Israeli soldier
      demanded on Saturday that Israel free 1,000 prisoners from its jails and end
      an assault on Gaza launched to win the soldier's release.

      A statement from the groups -- the second since Corporal Gilad Shalit was
      captured in a raid across Gaza's frontier on Sunday -- appeared to cast doubt
      on the hopes of mediators that diplomacy could soon get him free and demanded
      an end to "all Israeli aggression" in the Gaza Strip and occupied West Bank.

      Israel has said it will not consider releasing prisoners in exchange for
      Shalit.

      "We are declaring to the public our just and humanitarian demands," said the
      statement faxed to news agencies by the armed wing of the governing Hamas
      Islamist group, the Popular Resistance Committees and Army of Islam.

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

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

      The statement did not specify that this would be in exchange for Shalit's
      release, but Abu Ubaida, a spokesman for the Hamas armed wing, said that was
      what it meant.

      The document cast doubt on mediation efforts.

      "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," it said. There was no specific threat to Shalit.

      Mediators earlier voiced hope that their efforts could bear fruit.

      Israel's tanks moved into southern Gaza on Wednesday and its aircraft fired
      missiles at training camps for militants early on Saturday, but the Jewish
      state has kept on hold a threatened ground offensive into northern Gaza.

      Israel has said it is playing no part in mediation efforts.

      Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh, whose Hamas movement is officially committed to
      destroying Israel, demanded an end to the Israeli offensive on Friday and said
      it was complicating efforts to end the standoff.

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