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Last Minute Hamas Demands Could Imperil Deal

Terror entity discovers 8 more female terrorist prisoners it wants freed, demands bodies of Shalit abductors.
By Gil Ronen
First Publish: 10/15/2011, 6:12 PM

Noam and Aviva Shalit speak to reporters
Noam and Aviva Shalit speak to reporters
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Hamas has made additional last minute demands of Israel in return for freeing abducted IDF soldier Gilad Shalit. Analysts say the demands could imperil the deal or postpone its implementation.

While Hamas kingpin Khaled Mashaal has boasted that all Palestinian Authority (PA) female terrorist prisoners will be freed, his organization appears to have discovered at week's end that there are more such prisoners that it thought. The number of female PA terrorists in Israel's jails is 35, not 27 as Hamas apparently believed until now.

Jacqueline Alfaraja, a lawyer for the PA's Prisoners' Club, told the PA based Ma'an news agency that there are 35 female prisoners in Israel's jails. While 27 have been sentenced, five are in remand awaiting sentencing and three are under administrative detention.

Hamas now says that the "mistake" must be "rectified" and claims that Israel agreed to release all female prisoners without determining their exact number. 

In addition, Hamas demands that Israel hand over the bodies of terrorists including those who participated in the abduction of Shalit. The demands have been delivered to Egyptian authorities, which have reportedly promised to "take care of them."