France seeking release of Israeli-French soldier

26th June 2006, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, June 26, 2006 (AFP) - France said on Monday it was seeking the release of an Israeli-French solider who was reportedly captured by an armed Palestinian group at the weekend, and had made contact with all parties involved.

PARIS, June 26, 2006 (AFP) - France said on Monday it was seeking the release of an Israeli-French solider who was reportedly captured by an armed Palestinian group at the weekend, and had made contact with all parties involved.

"We are in contact with all the concerned parties to find a solution to this situation," deputy foreign ministry spokesman Denis Simonneau told AFP.

Simonneau confirmed an announcement by Israeli army radio that the 20-year-old solider, Guilad Shalit, had joint Israeli-French nationality and said French diplomatic services in Israel were already in touch with his family.

"Our embassy (in Tel Aviv) and our consulate general in Haifa (northern Israel) are taking action ... (and) have already made contact with his family by phone," Simmonneau said.

France's ambassador to Israel, Gerard Araud, was expected to visit the family during the day, he added.

An armed Palestinian group called the Popular Resistance Committees told AFP on Monday that it was holding the Israeli soldier, saying he was alive and in good health.

The group claimed responsibility for the attack jointly with the armed wing of the governing Hamas movement and the previously unknown Army of Islam.

The Popular Resistance Committees gave no indications as to the whereabouts of the missing soldier, who was abducted during a Palestinian attack on Sunday during an Israeli army border post close to the Gaza Strip.

Two Israeli soldiers and two militants died in the attack.

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