Gilad Shalit was released today after 1,941 days in captivity by the Hamas terror group.
Noam (R) the father, and Yoel (C) Shalit, the brother of abducted Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit, who was captured in 2006 by Hamas-allied militants in the Gaza Strip, arrive at their family home in Mitzpe Hila in northern Israel on October 12. Palestinian groups are planning celebrations to mark Israel’s imminent release of hundreds of prisoner “heroes” in exchange for Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit. (AFP/Jack Guez)
Here is Shalit’s first interview with Egyptian TV following his release.
In all, 477 Palestinian terrorists were released by Israel today in exchange for Shalit.
Shalit says he felt good after his long captivity.
The Telegraph reported:
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Israel Defence Forces spokesman declares after initial medical examination the condition of Gilad Shalit is good. Shalit spoke with his parents and told Israeli army officers that he feels well and was fed well during his captivity. After a shower he will put on an Israeli army uniform and fly by helicopter to the Tel Nof air force base where he will be welcomed by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Defence Minister Ehud Barak and army chief Leiut Gen Benny Gantz, before an emotional reunion with his family.