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    Hamas: "Israel must pay full price"

    Hamas has restated its demand that Israel pays the full price for the return of kidnapped soldier Gilad Shalit. Abu Al Zahar, Senior Hamas figure said, the only way to release Shalit was for Israel to release all of the prisoners Hamas has listed in its demands of Israel. Al Zahar also criticised the United Nations for its announcement that nations should avoid sending additional flotillas direct to Gaza and should find a more acceptable route, Zahar said the UN was therefore supporting Israel. A week and a half ago an the Egyptian newspaper Al-Mesryoon reported that former US presidents Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter were prepared to visit the Gaza Strip to facilitate conversations with Hamas about a prisoner swap, and possible international recognition of the group.