The IDF confirmed on Tuesday morning that Gilad Schalit is now on
Israeli soil. Moments earlier, Egyptian TV released video footage of
Gilad Schalit in Egypt.
The IDF previously confirmed that Schalit had been officially released and identified and would pass through the Kerem Shalom crossing.
The IDF began to transfer the Palestinian prisoners to be released via the Kerem Shalom crossing to Gaza.
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Egyptian military officials received Schalit from Hamas control on
the Gaza side of the Rafah crossing and updated the IDF command post
at the Kerem Shalom crossing of the transaction earlier on Tuesday morning.
a result, Israel transferred all the Palestinian prisoners to be
released to Gaza and the West Bank to Red Cross buses.
passing into Israel, Schalit was guarded by soldiers of the Israel
Air Force's 669 unit, who will accompany him until he is home safe in
As part of a carefully orchestrated prisoner swap,
Israel was due to free 477 Palestinian prisoners during the day, with a
further 550 set for release at a later date.
the IDF finalized preparations for the swap and moved all of the
Palestinian prisoners slated for release to various points throughout
the country from where they will be transferred to Egypt, the Gaza
Strip, the West Bank and inside the country.
From Rafah, Schalit crossed into Israel and was taken to a nearby base for a preliminary medical exam.
On Monday, OC Southern Command Maj.-Gen. Tal Russo declared Israel’s
border crossings with Egypt and Gaza closed military zones ahead of the
After the medical exams, Schalit will be flown to the Tel Nof Air Force
Base where he will be reunited with his family after more than five
years in Hamas captivity.
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