Egypt believes captured Israeli soldier is well

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Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak said today he believed an Israeli soldier captured by Palestinian militants three years ago was well and that he hoped the issue would not take long to resolve.
Militants of the Hamas Islamist group and other gunmen launched a raid into Israel in June 2006 from the Gaza Strip, killing two soldiers and capturing Shalit. Egypt has sought to mediate a deal between the Palestinian group and Israel, Reuter`s reports.
“I believe there were contacts with Gilad Shalit, and that soldier Shalit is fine, and I hope that in the upcoming period, maybe, not in the long term, the issue of soldier Shalit will end,” Mubarak news conference, with visiting Israeli President Shimon Peres in Cairo.
Egypt has been trying to patch up differences between rival Palestinian factions of Hamas and the Fatah Movement of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, and has also sought to broker a prisoner exchange between Israel and Hamas.
Israeli officials denied reports last month that a deal was close with Hamas for the release of Shalit in exchange for Palestinian prisoners held in Israeli jails. Those reports had suggested Shalit was about to be sent to Egypt.
Although Cairo has hosted talks between Palestinian factions for about a year, there has been no obvious progress.
Palestinian officials said in last month that Egypt had given the factions until July 28 to agree to resolve divisions.