Hamas threat to kidnap Israeli soldiers for release of Palestinian inmates

A senior Hamas official warned that the radical Islamist movement could abduct Israeli soldiers to secure the release of Palestinian prisoners being held in Israeli jails. “All options, which include the kidnap of soldiers, are open,” Nizar Rayan told AFP as he joined a march in northern Gaza in solidarity with hundreds of hunger striking prisoners. “If they are not released, we will free them by other means,” added Rayan. Some 2,000 Palestinians took part in the Hamas-organised march which saw protesters set fire to an Israeli flag and an effigy of the Israeli Public Security Minister Tzahi Hanegbi, who has said that he is prepared for prisoners to starve themselves to death. OODA Analyst

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