Shalit's Kidnappers Plan to Release Video Documenting Captivity

Spokesman for Gaza Strip-based Salah al-Din Brigades, which participated in Shalit's 2006 abduction, says recording will prove the IDF soldier was treated fairly.

Gilad Shalit's captors plan to release a video filmed over the past five years documenting how they held the soldier and the steps taken to keep him hidden, according to a spokesman for one of the groups involved in his kidnapping. The video will be released once an exchange deal for Shalit takes place, Muhammad Abu Mujahid, a spokesman for the Nasser Saladin Brigades, told the Nazareth-based Al-Shams radio station Thursday. He told the Arabic-language stations that the film shows the relationship that has developed between Shalit and his captors over the past five years and will prove Shalit was treated fairly.

The film is currently being put together, the spokesman told the Nazareth station.

"We operate according to the principles of Shariah Islamic law," Abu Mujahid said, "which commands us to behave fairly with prisoners of war and we have done so. I hope Gilad will also say this after he is released. From the beginning, it was clear to us that Gilad was being held for a prisoner exchange deal, and there was no reason to harm him or not to look after his state of health."

Abu Mujahid denied a media report that Egyptian officials will take custody of Shalit in Gaza, saying instead he will be transferred to Egyptian authorities at the Rafah border crossing between Gaza and Sinai.