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Hamas demands release of re-arrested prisoners before ceasefire

July 7, 2014 9:39 A.M. (Updated: July 8, 2014 3:59 A.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Hamas is demanding the release of all Palestinian prisoners re-arrested after their release in the Shalit exchange deal before returning to ceasefire, Israeli media reported Monday.

Israel's Hebrew-language Walla news website cited a high-ranking Hamas official who denied Hamas' involvement in the recent kidnapping and killing of three Israeli teenagers weeks earlier.

The official, Walla reported, added that if Israel wanted to return to ceasefire it would have to release all these prisoners and return to a 2012 Egypt-brokered ceasefire.

A video published Sunday on YouTube, allegedly produced by Hamas, threatened Israeli "settlers" of Beersheba and urged them to depart before it was "too late."

The video starts with the words “to the settlers of Beersheba” both in Hebrew and Arabic, then shows a zoom-in of the city provided by Google Earth.

Images of four Israeli leaders including the prime minister appear on the screen with the phrase "your leaders" both in Hebrew and Arabic.

The video continues to address the people of Beersheba through phrases on the screen with archive images in the background. "Your leaders have killed our children, bombarded our homes, and so have sentenced you to death. Run away before it’s too late," says one of the messages.
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