Hamas’s military wing claims “the health of one of its Israeli prisoners has deteriorated” in a tweet by spokesperson Abu Obeida.
The terror group currently holds captive two living Israelis — Avera Mengistu and Hisham al-Sayed — as well as the bodies of two Israeli soldiers — Oron Shaul and Hadar Goldin.
Abu Obeida says the terror group will publish proof of its claims in the coming hours.
Israel and Hamas have held indirect talks in an attempt to reach a prisoner exchange deal between the two sides. A similar deal to release Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit from Hamas’s clutches saw 1,027 Palestinian security prisoners released, many of them convicted terrorists.