Bike, radio gave Schalit some reprieve

By REUTERS
November 6, 2011 17:10

 
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Gilad Schalit's captors provided him with a stationary bicycle, a radio and paper on which to draw and chronicle his captivity, according to officials who disclosed preliminary details of the freed Israeli soldier's ordeal on Sunday.

Repatriated from Gaza last month in a German- and Egyptian-mediated prisoner swap, the gaunt Schalit said at the time that being kept incommunicado had been hard but hearing news of Israel's efforts to recover him had buoyed his spirits.

Hamas has said it treated him well, an account largely dovetailing with that of two non-Palestinian officials briefed on the 25-year-old ex-conscript's case.

"They [Hamas] had a vested interest in keeping him in good shape, so they did what they could, providing him with a stationary exercise bike and a range of food," said one official, who would not be identified by name or nationality.

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