Hamas Offered Johnston for Shalit

Hamas scoffed at the idea of trading Shalit, a legitimate target, for Johnston, an innocent civilian abducted by criminals.

By Mohammad Al-Sawwaf / Palestine Chronicle

GAZA CITY — Palestinian mediators are planning to propose to Hamas trading Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit with abducted BBC journalist Alan Johnston, IslamOnline.net has learnt.

“They want Hamas to deliver Shalit to the Army of Islam which would then negotiate with Israel swapping him for Palestinian detainees in Israeli jails,” well-placed sources told IOl Wednesday, June 27.

“In return the Army of Islam would hand over Johnston to Hamas which can turn him safely to Britain.”

The BBC Gaza correspondent, who spent his 100th day in captivity last week, is being held by militants from the powerful Dagmoush clan, which is centered on northern Gaza and has a long-running blood feud with Hamas.

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