Senior Hamas member negotiates prisoner exchange

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Abu Marzouk is negotiating the delivery of the bodies of two Israeli soldiers in exchange for the release of 54 Palestinian prisoners.

Mousa Abu Marzouk, a member of the political bureau of Hamas, denied in an interview broadcast on Friday the involvement of Hamas in the Sinai region, adding that the Egyptian security services have not accused the movement of any involvement there. According to Haaretz, Abu Marzouk said in the interview that; “We condemn the most recent attack in Sinai since it is detrimental to our security and has implications on the relations (with Egypt).”

Abu Marzouk also stated that Hamas has deployed troops along the border to prevent infiltration to and from the Gaza Strip. The release of the bodies of two Israeli hostages that have been held since the assault on Gaza in exchange for the first 54 prisoners was part of the Gilad Shalit prisoner exchange agreement between Israel and Hamas. With regard to the truce with Israel, Abu Marzouk said that Hamas officials do not meet with Israeli officials at all and that the indirect negotiations ended in Egypt by the end of the assault on Gaza.