A deal for the release of kidnapped IDF Cpl. Gilad Schalit will be implemented in three stages, the Palestinian Al-Ayyam newspaper reported Monday:
First, Israel will release prisoners sentenced to long terms, and Schalit's captors will transfer him to Egypt.
Then, Israel will release an additional group of prisoners, and Schalit will be transferred from Egypt to Israel.
In the last stage, to be completed some two months after Schalit is home, Israel will free a third group of Palestinian prisoners.