Shalit speaks after release

Egyptian state television interviews Israeli soldier held captive by Hamas.

By REUTERS
October 18, 2011 20:34
1 minute read.
Gilad Schalit interviewed on Egyptian TV

Schalit Egypt TV 311. (photo credit: Channel 10)

 
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Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit speaks about his ordeal after being held hostage for more than five years.

Shalit was captured in 2006 by Palestinian terrorists who tunneled out of the Gaza Strip to ambush an Israeli tank crew.

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Speaking through a translator on Egyptian state television the released Israeli soldier looked weak and pale but said he was in good health.

"I got this news a week ago and I felt at the time that it would be the last opportunity to free me. I can't describe my emotions at the time but I felt that I was approaching very difficult moments," Gilad Schalit said.

Shalit thanked those who worked for his release and said he hoped the 5,000 remaining Palestinians held in Israeli jails would be freed.

"I would be very happy if they were all freed so they can go back to their families and their land. I would be very happy if this was to happen, as long as they don't attack Israel."

More than a thousand Palestinians are being freed in exchange for Shalit under a deal between Hamas and the Israeli government - brokered by Egypt.

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