BEIRUT — Radical Palestinian guerrillas holding eight European hostages, including two young French girls, released a videotape today in which the girls' mother said she refused to let them go free.
A Belgian hostage in the same group, apparently speaking freely, admitted on the tape that he worked for Israeli intelligence as charged by the abductors.
The mother, Jacqueline Valente, said: "My children are very well. The Palestinian fighters would like to send them to their father but I refuse. I want to keep the children with me."
Valente, who has fought a custody battle over the girls with her ex-husband, appeared relaxed and in good health.
The FRC said in December it was ready to release the sisters to their father, Valente's ex-husband Pascal Betille.
The group also said in December that Valente had given birth in captivity to a daughter by one of the other hostages, Fernand Houtekins.