One of the Palestinian militant groups holding a captured Israeli soldier today said progress has been made in efforts to free the serviceman as part of a prisoner swap with Israel.
Abu Mujahed, a spokesman for the Popular Resistance Committees, said Egyptian mediators are trying to finalise a deal.
“We received positive signals from our Egyptian brothers, who are acting on this matter. Everything depends on the Israelis.”
He declined to say when a prisoner swap might take place.
The PRC is one of three militant groups that tunnelled into Israel and captured Cpl. Gilad Shalit in a June 25 raid near the Gaza Strip. Shalit has not been seen since then, but Egypt’s foreign minister, on a visit to Israel yesterday, said Egypt knows Shalit is still alive.
The militants have demanded the release of large numbers of prisoners held by Israel in exchange for Shalit’s freedom. There was no immediate Israeli reaction.