GILAD SHALIT HANDED OVER TO ISRAELI AUTHORITIES IN EGYPT

 

 

(REUTERS – October 18th) Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit, held in captivity by the Islamist group Hamas since June 2006, was handed over to Israeli officials today, Israeli media reported.

Israeli television showed Shalit in Egyptian footage shot earlier in the day walking briskly from a vehicle after he was freed by Hamas officials. It was the first video of Shalit since 2009.

Simultaneously, Israel started to free 477 Palestinian prisoners, with witnesses seeing a first batch arriving in Gaza. A further 550 Palestinians are set for release later this year.