Deal Reached With Islamists to Free Israeli Soldier Gilad Shalit
Hamas kidnapped Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit on June 25, 2006.
To give you some idea how far Hamas terrorists tunneled to kill and kidnap Jewish soldiers, this picture of a Gaza town was taken from that same Israeli outpost that was attacked by Hamas.
Hamas dug a 3 kilometer long tunnel under the separation fence between Gaza and Israel and behind the army post where Gilad Shalit and his fellow soldiers were stationed that morning. This photo was taken at that army post. During the morning attack, two IDF soldiers were killed and three others wounded, aside from Shalit, who himself suffered a broken left hand and a light shoulder wound after his tank was hit with an RPG. Israeli forces believe that Gilad and his captors walked back over this field and disappeared inside this Gaza town. Gilad Shalit has not been seen since that morning. (Photo taken from near Sderot in early August 2007)
Today Israel announced that a deal had been reached to free Gilad Shalit
SKY News reported:
A deal has been reached which will see Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit freed by Palestinian militants.
Israel’s prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu says Mr Shalit will return home in “the coming days.
He was kidnapped on the border with Gaza in 2006.
Previous negotiations to secure his freedom have all broken down, however now the Israeli cabinet is meeting to discuss an agreement with Hamas.
It is believed it will involve a swap deal for Palestinian prisoners, however Sky’s Middle East correspondent Emma Hurd says there is no confirmation of the number of inmates involved.