"We were always in contact with the kidnappers, and we negotiated with them, but two weeks ago, we reached the conclusion that we needed to use other methods," Mr. Hamad told Israeli Radio yesterday.
Hamas vows era of law and order →
"We won"t let anyone kidnap or do anything against our interests. We want to maintain calm and the law in Gaza. I think that all of the families understand this message," said Ghazi Hamad, a Hamas spokesman.