Al-Qassem: “We will keep our promise to them regardless of the cost”

PNN/Gaza

Hamas Movement’s armed wing, al-Qassem Brigades, vowed Sunday in televised statements to release all Palestinian prisoners and detainees in Israeli jails.

On the Palestinian Prisoner Day, spokesman for the Brigades, Abu Obeida, stressed that a new prisoner swap deal is coming soon.

“We will keep our promise to them (prisoners) regardless of the cost”, he continued. “We have what will help achieve an honorable deal and satisfy our people and nation, Abu Obeida vowed.

“Israeli leaders must know well that our prisoners are backed by brave men.”

In this regard, Abu Obeida warned the Israeli authorities of any attempt to evade from paying the price.

Hamas affirmed that the Palestinian resistance in general and al-Qassam Brigades in particular is working day and night on the release of Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails, Khalil al-Hayya, member of Hamas political bureau, said.

This came in Hayya’s speech in a festival held before the headquarters of the Red Cross in Gaza after a massive march in the city to mark the Palestinian Prisoner Day on Sunday.

The Hamas leader stressed that the issue of Palestinian prisoners is on top of his Movement’s priorities.

Two weeks ago, al-Qasssem Brigades showed photographs of four Israelis who are currently held captive in the Gaza Strip.

So far, no deal of negociations between Hamas and the Israeli governments were made.

Abu Odeida denied reports that they were in contect with Israel to swap Palestinians prisoners for the four Israelis.

“There is no contact with the occupation in relation to the missing soldiers in Gaza and we won’t give free information,” said Abu Obeida. “Netanyahu lied to his people when he spoke about his prisoners”, he added.

Previously, the Israeli government has conducted prisoner exchanges between Palestinian prisoners and Israeli soldiers held captive and for the remains of dead Israelis.

In 2011, Gilad Shalit, an Israeli soldier who was seized in a cross-border raid in 2006 and held captive by Hamas in Gaza for five years, was freed in exchange for the release of more than 1,000 Palestinian prisoners.

There are currently 7,200 Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails including 450 children and 69 women.