Britain urges release of captured Israeli soldier
Britain called Saturday for the immediate release of an Israeli soldier captured by Gaza militants in June 2006, using the occasion of his 24th birthday to condemn his "unjustifiable" detention.
"The thoughts of many in Britain are with Gilad Shalit and his family as he spends his 24th birthday in captivity," a Foreign Office spokesman said.
"His detention is unjustifiable and unacceptable. The British government demands his immediate and unconditional release."
The Palestinian Islamist group Hamas, which rules Gaza, captured Shalit with other militant groups in a deadly cross-border raid, and has demanded an exchange involving hundreds of Palestinian prisoners.
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