Kidnapped Israeli Soldier, Gilad Shalit Returned to Israel

TEL NOF AIR FORCE BASE, ISRAEL — Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit returned to Israel Tuesday morning after five years of captivity in the Gaza Strip, the Israeli army said.
His release by the militant Palestinian group Hamas was the first and crucial step of a prisoner swap that will include the release of 1,027 Palestinian prisoners from Israeli jails.

Shalit was brought from Gaza into Egypt, then turned over to Israeli officials and taken across the border. He is expected to speak to relatives by telephone and undergo a medical examination before being flown to this air base, where his relatives are waiting.

Simultaneously, Israel transported the first group of released Palestinian prisoners, including women, in buses across the border into Egypt, local media said. They will be moved to Gaza, the West Bank and a few other locations.

Source:  Washington Post


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