Hamas Releases Audio Message From Kidnapped Israeli Soldier

A Hamas Web site posted an audio message on Monday from an Israeli soldier captured a year ago by militants allied with the Islamic group — the first sign from him since he was seized at an army base near the Gaza Strip.

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In the message, posted on a Web site of the Hamas military wing, Cpl. Gilad Shalit said his health is deteriorating and that he needs to go to a hospital. He also said in the brief statement that he is disappointed in the "lack of interest" of the Israeli government in his fate.

The message was released on the anniversary of his June 25, 2006, capture by Hamas-allied militants who tunneled into Israel.

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