Defense Ministry approves details for prisoner transfer

October 16, 2011 19:13

Defense Minister Ehud Barak approved on Sunday details for the secure transfer of Palestinian prisoners to various locations in exchange for kidnapped tank gunner Gilad Schalit.

Barak met with IDF Chief oF General Staff Lt.-Gen. Benny Gantz, operational branch head Maj.-Gen. Ya'akov Ayash, head of the Personnel Directorate, Maj.-Gen. Orna Barbibay, and other defense officials to discuss security preparations for the prisoner transfer, which is expected to occur on Tuesday.

"Gilad Schalit will return to his country and family after he was held by Hamas for more than five years," Barak said, adding "His return will be done modestly to ensure [we do] all the is needed for the soldier and his family."

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