Hamas Releases New Video of Gilad Shalit in Captivity

Senior Hamas commander also claims IDF took body of Palestinian instead of that of Hadar Goldin during 'Black Friday' in Rafah.

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Gilad Shalit and Hamas official Moussa Abu Marzouk in Egypt at the Rafah crossing after Shalit’s transfer on October 18, 2011.Credit: AP

Al Jazeera broadcast a video clip on Thursday showing Israel Defense Force's soldier Gilad Shalit during the period he was held captive by Hamas in the Gaza Strip.

In the clip, Shalit is seen sitting with Mohammad Abu Shamalah, who was the senior military commander of the southern part of the Gaza Strip for Hamas, and was killed by the IDF during Operation Protective Edge in the summer of 2014 in Gaza.   

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The clip with Shalit was broadcast as a small part of a documentary film shown on Al Jazeera called "The Black Box," which deals with the fighting last summer in Gaza.

Shalit was abducted by Hamas in June 2006 and held for over five years before being exchanged in October 2011 in return for the release of over 1,000 Palestinian prisoners held by Israel.

The film also purported to describe new details about the events of what is called "Black Friday" in Rafah, in which 2nd. Lt. Hadar Goldin was killed and Hamas fighters abducted his body after Hamas violated the cease fire that had just began. Two other IDF soldiers were killed in the incident, Maj. Benaya Sarel and Staff Sgt. Liel Gidoni.

A commander in the Hamas' military wing, called Abu Walid in the clip, says that Israeli soldiers did not enter the tunnels in the area in order to chase after Goldin and his abductors, as the IDF claims, but took a body of a Hamas fighter with them who was wearing an IDF uniform.

Abu Walid also said that the IDF only realized that Goldin was kidnapped two hours after the incident occurred, and only then did it implement the emergency protocol for a kidnapped soldier. Abu Walid also said that Goldin's abduction took place before the ceasefire took effect, and not afterwards as the IDF claims. Other Hamas militants have said that since Goldin's abduction, the links with those involved in the incident have been cut off.