Nothing new concerning Palestinian prisoners exchange deal: Hamas

Dr. Ismail Radwan, a Hamas leader, has denied any new progress regarding the prisoners' exchange deal between Israel and the captors of Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit in Gaza.

GAZA (AhlulBayt News Agency) - Dr. Ismail Radwan, a Hamas leader, has denied any new progress regarding the prisoners' exchange deal between Israel and the captors of Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit in Gaza.

He called for more steadfastness to restore Palestinian prisoners' rights, adding in a press release on Tuesday evening that the so-called freeze on the Shalit law is the result of those prisoners' struggle and resoluteness.

Meanwhile, relatives of Palestinian prisoners in Tulkarem district urged the Red Cross to immediately and seriously intervene to halt the Israeli occupation soldiers' practices against them at the Teyba roadblock.

They held a protest sit-in on Tuesday against the strip searches and humiliation of the Palestinian relatives.

One of the mothers of prisoners said she was forced last Sunday while en route to visit her son to take off her headscarf and external garment to be searched by a female conscript.

Another mother said that after crossing the road barrier they are forced to walk a long distance to reach the busses, which affect the health condition of those suffering chronic diseases, adding that she suffers from diabetes, hypertension, and heart ailment.

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