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Thursday, June 23, 2011

International Red Cross demands Hamas prove Shalit is alive

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GENEVA, June 23 (Reuters) - The International Red Cross on Thursday urged Hamas
 to provide proof abducted Israel Defense Forces soldier Gilad Shalit is still alive.
The independent aid agency, in an unusual public appeal, said that Shalit's family had 
a right under international humanitarian law to be in contact with their 24-year-old son, 
who has been held incommunicado since captured by Palestinian militants in a 
cross-border raid on June 25, 2006. [Friday is the 5th anniversary of Shalit's kidnapping.]

"Because there has been no sign of life from Mr. Shalit for almost two years, 
the ICRC is now demanding that Hamas prove that he is alive," the International
 Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said.