Hamas Taunts Israel With Gilad Shalit Cartoon

Animated movie depicts abducted IDF soldier chained to jail cell wall, pleading to be set free.

Hamas TV in Gaza has broadcast a short animated movie mocking Gilad Shalit - the Israeli soldier captured by the militant Islamic group three years ago.

The Israeli media played excerpts from the movie on Monday.

The film depicts the 22-year-old Israel Defense Forces Sgt. chained to a jail cell wall, pleading with a Palestinian boy to be set free. The boy refuses, saying he has relatives in Israeli prisons.

Gaza militants captured the soldier in June 2006 after tunneling into Israel. Two other soldiers were killed in the attack.Shalit has not been seen since, and Hamas has prevented the Red Cross from visiting him.

Egypt has been mediating attempts to arrange a prisoner exchange in which Israel would release hundreds of Palestinian prisoners in exchange for Shalit.