Hamas thwarted an Israeli attempt to locate abducted Israel Defense Forces soldier Gilad Shalit in the Gaza Strip, Channel 2 quoted Hamas officials on Thursday.
The Channel 2 report quoted Hamas officials as claiming they had uncovered an Israeli scheme to monitor the calls of senior Hamas officials, hoping to place Shalit’s location through bugged mobile phones provided by an Israeli agent for three years.
According to the report, first published in the Egyptian newspaper Al Ahram, Hamas officials got rid of the wired phones as soon as they uncovered the scheme, but were unable to arrest the agent involved, claiming he successfully escaped across the border to Israel with assistance from IDF forces.
Gilad Shalit was kidnapped by Palestinian militants during a cross-border raid on his IDF post near the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip in June 2006.
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