Cap­tors Name De­tainees Sought in Swap for Is­raeli

The Washington Post Sunday - - World News -

RA­MAL­LAH, West Bank, April 7 — Af­ter months of dead­lock, the cap­tors of an Is­raeli sol­dier handed over the names of Pales­tinian de­tainees they want freed in an ex­change, a se­nior Pales­tinian of­fi­cial said Satur­day.

Pales­tinian In­for­ma­tion Min­is­ter Mustafa Bargh­outi did not say how many names were on the cap­tors’ list, which he said was for­warded to Is­rael by Egyp­tian me­di­a­tors. Bargh­outi said the next move was up to Is­rael and that he hoped the swap would be car­ried out quickly.

Is­rael de­clined for­mal com­ment, al­though Is­raeli news me­dia, cit­ing uniden­ti­fied of­fi­cials, re­ported that there had been some progress but that res­o­lu­tion was still not cer­tain.

Is­raeli Cpl. Gi­lad Shalit was cap­tured 10 months ago by Ha­masal­lied fight­ers who tun­neled un­der the Gaza-Is­rael border, at­tacked an army post in Is­rael and snatched the sol­dier.

Is­raeli Prime Min­is­ter Ehud Olmert has said he is will­ing, in princi- ple, to re­lease de­tainees. How­ever, the swap has been held up by dis­agree­ment over who should be freed.

Also Satur­day, an Is­raeli airstrike in Gaza killed one Pales­tinian fighter and wounded two. The Is­raeli mil­i­tary said it launched the strike af­ter spot­ting the Pales­tini­ans try­ing to plant a bomb.

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