Palestinian Prime Minister Ismael Haniya said on Monday that Israel has
negotiated with the PA spokesman Ghazi Hamad over the release of the
captured Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit, Palestinian sources reported.

Haniya said that the father of the captured Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit, asked the Palestinian Authority spokesman Ghazi Hamad to work for the release of his son who turns 20 Monday.

On the other hand, Hamad confirmed that Shalit, who was injured before being captured on June 25, is in good health.

Palestinian resistance fighters captured Shalit and killed five other soldiers in an attack they carried out at an Israeli military base in Kerem Shalom, east of Gaza Strip.

Haniya also said that several Israeli figures have contacted the PA over the release of Shalit adding that Egypt is the main negotiator in the issue.

He added that other Asian and European diplomats are involved in talks over the same issue, saying that the Palestinian Authority is working to reach "a political and human solution for the case, through which the suffering of tens of thousands of Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails will come to an end." 


Following the capture of the soldier Israel launched sever attacks against
the Gaza Strip killing more than 200 Palestinians and wounding thousands.  In addition, Israeli army invaded several West Bank areas and took several Palestinian Parliament
Members and Cabinet as prisoners claiming that this offensive aims at releasing