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Family sends note to captive soldier

October 25, 2008|Times Wire Reports

The Palestinian militant group Hamas has passed on a letter to captive Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit from his family, his father Noam and a Hamas spokesman said.

It was the first letter to reach him from his family, although Shalit has been able to send a trickle of messages home since he was snatched by Palestinian militants in a cross-border raid near the Gaza Strip in June 2006.

The letter was given to the soldier last month, Hamas spokesman Ayman Taha said.

Noam Shalit said the letter was "personal" and did not detail its contents.

Taha said Noam Shalit gave the letter to French President Nicolas Sarkozy. From him it passed through Qatari and Syrian officials on its way to Gilad, who also holds French citizenship.

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