UN chief reiterates calls for release of Israeli soldier

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

The Secretary-General of the UN has reiterated his call for the release of an Israeli soldier who has been in captivity for five years.

Gilad Shalit was 19 when he was captured on June 25, 2006 by armed groups based in the occupied Palestinian territory, Gaza.

Ban Ki-moon has urged one of the groups, Hamas, to prove that he is still alive and to allow his family to have contact with their son.

The United Nations is continuing its efforts on the ground to secure his release.

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