24 Jun '11, 11pm

US calls for kidnapped Israeli soldier Shalit to be freed [StraitsTimes World]

WASHINGTON - THE White House urged Hamas militants on Friday to free kidnapped Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit 'immediately' on the eve of the fifth anniversary of his capture. 'Nearly five years have now passed since Hamas terrorists crossed into Israel and abducted Gilad Shalit,' White House spokesman Jay Carney said in a statement. 'During this time, Hamas has held him hostage without access by the International Committee of the Red Cross, in violation of the standards of basic decency and international humanitarian demands. 'The United States condemns in the strongest possible terms his continued detention, and joins other governments and international organisations around the world in calling on Hamas to release him immediately,' the spokesman added. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Thursday that in response to Hamas's continuing refusal to allow Red Cross ...

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