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(photo credit: YAAKOV LAPPIN)
Gilad Schalit is expected to be airlifted from the Egyptian- Israeli border to
the Tel Nof Air Force Base in central Israel on Tuesday, but the Israel Police
have set up contingency plans to transport him by land as well, The Jerusalem
Post has learned.
“This is a sensitive and complicated operation,” police
spokesman Micky Rosenfeld told the Post, summing up three days of police
planning ahead of Tuesday.
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“Police are ready to implement contingency
plans if necessary, including plans to transport [Schalit] by ground through
multiple routes,” he said.
Rosenfeld stressed that the plans were in
places as a precaution “in case there are any changes.”
“No roads will be
blocked off, though we will cordon off a section around the front of the
Schalit’s home [in Mitzpe Hila], so that he can come home in a normal and quiet
way,” Rosenfeld added.
The cordoning off of the area was ordered by
Public Security Minister Yitzhak Aharnovitch, who stressed to police “the
importance of safeguarding the family’s privacy.”
Hundreds of police from
every district will secure the safe passage of of Palestinian security
prisoners, who will travel by bus to release points.
“We will be
escorting them together with the IDF,” Rosenfeld said. “We will also accompany
released female prisoners to their homes to ensure that the plan proceeds on