Police laud operation that went off ‘without a glitch’

In dramatic scenes, police vehicles escort a convoy carrying newly-freed soldier Gilad Schalit to his home in Mitzpe Hila.

October 19, 2011 04:24
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Convoy carries Gilad Schalit to Mitzpe Hila home

Gilad Schalit convoy 311. (photo credit: Channel 10)

In dramatic scenes, police vehicles with flashing lights escorted a convoy carrying newly-freed soldier Gilad Schalit from a helicopter landing strip to his home in Mitzpe Hila on Tuesday night, marking the end of a major police operation.

“He’s finally home,” police spokesman Mickey Rosenfeld said. “All of our plans went ahead without a glitch.”

Minutes before the helicopters flew in over the green hills of the Western Galilee, northern police district head Cmdr. Roni Atiya completed an evaluation meeting with IDF officials to finalize last-minute details.

Hundreds of police have been deployed around main roads and junctions in the area of the Schalit residence in order to allow the family to return home quickly.

The police’s extensive preparations also included securing convoys ferrying Palestinian security prisoners from the Ktziot Prison in the south and the Sharon prison to release points in Rafah and the West Bank.

Earlier on Tuesday, the Prisons Service completed its own operation to transfer 477 security prisoners to the release points.

“Some 400 wardens accompanied 10 convoys during the operation. No unusual incidents were recorded,” a Prisons spokeswoman said.

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