First pictures of Shalit shown

2011-10-18 11:08

Tel Aviv - The first pictures of a healthy-looking Gilad Shalit were shown on news networks on Tuesday, just hours after the Israeli soldier had been released by Hamas. 

The militant Palestinian movement held Shalit for more than five years, handing him over to Egyptian intelligence officials.

Mahmoud al-Zahar, a top official of the movement which rules Gaza, confirmed in a written statement that Shalit had been transferred to the Egyptian side.

Shalit is now thought to be in Israel, Sky News reported. In exchange for the soldier, Israel will release 477 prisoners on Tuesday. An additional 550 prisoners will be freed in two months’ time as part of the same deal.

Six Arab Israelis have already been freed, including three to the town of Umm el-Fahm in northern Israel, were hundreds were celebrating in the streets.

Hamas spokesperson in Gaza Fawzi Barhoom also confirmed to reporters at Rafah that the first stage of the prisoners exchange had been "completed successfully".

The swap got underway several hours before dawn, when Israel began moving Palestinian inmates from prisons to border points on the West Bank and Gaza Strip, where they will be freed.

Israeli prison buses moved 96 prisoners from the Ketziot jail in southern Israel to the Ofer military base near Ramallah, while other convoys transferred 334 inmates to Kerem Shalom, on the border between Israel, the Gaza Strip and Eqypt.

White buses, escorted by police vehicles with blue lights flashing, were seen arriving at Kerem Shalom in the early morning.

Additional prisoners up for release on Tuesday were moved from other prisons to their release points.

  • Jack - 2011-10-18 11:34


  • Gadija - 2011-10-18 11:35

    Allahu Akbar!

      Truthis - 2011-10-18 12:09

      You left out the "BOOM!!!"

      Heiku - 2011-10-18 12:30

      72 sluts > 72 virgins

      Ax - 2011-10-18 13:04

      Amazing how easy some people make strong categorical declarative statement that are total lies. If they wanted to kill all jews, isn't it strange they fed, housed and looked after this one for 5 years and even kept him healthy, hmmm, i thought hamas couldnt stand the jews according to the zionist propaganda. as to the palestinians who were realeased, who told you they are "evil" and terrorist??? why do you lie so blatantly?? many of them are political detainees arrested simply for disagreeing with isreal policies. but am sure with your simplified world view, you probably believe that all the people who were detained in guantanamo were also terrorists. Fact, over 90% were not as it was broadcasted in the media... Sad to see people like BA who think they know everything, but as long as there are people like him, basic hatred and stereotypes will carry on in the whole world

      Dirk - 2011-10-18 13:12

      May God, not the moon god, but the only living God, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob bless Israel and its people

      Leon - 2011-10-18 13:39

      AX you are a idiot 8 of the Gatamo prisoners that was released was killed last month in Afghanistan 5 of them were suicide bombers and who did they killed afghan women and children at a market and on a bus Well rather shut your mouth

  • MissGremlin - 2011-10-18 11:37

    By health I assume they mean walking and breathing? I doubt the last 5 years have left him "healthy".

  • Alien42063 - 2011-10-18 11:42

    I have not been following this story...but I hope this is meant as a stepping stone to peace between the 2 peoples :)

  • dcostine - 2011-10-18 11:42

    I do not understand how they swap 1 person for 1000 people?

      munyaradzi.ncube - 2011-10-18 11:54

      Should we translate into Afrikaans?

      Heiku - 2011-10-18 11:57

      Standard international ethnic exchange rates. FYI currently one Isreali is worth 72 South Africans.

      Mthuthuzeli - 2011-10-18 12:00

      Because you have the "critical thinking" skills of a rock!

      Mthuthuzeli - 2011-10-18 12:12

      @Heiku Am not sure if the Nazis would have agreed with your comptutations.

      BA - 2011-10-18 12:16

      Mthutuzeli - what is that supposed to mean?

      Heiku - 2011-10-18 12:28

      BA - That the Nazis dont like jews? Who's the fool now? Guess you gotta pity yourself. Let the pity begin!

      BA - 2011-10-18 12:53

      I was addressing Mththuzeli, not you. Do you have a problem? What is the message that you want to communicate, because you just sound like a hate-filled, racist person angry about something.

      Heiku - 2011-10-18 13:09

      BA - Geez bru. I say one Isreali is worth 72 Isrealis and its still not good enough for you? Grandiose sense of self worth if I ever did see one. Also, your bias is showing.

      Heiku - 2011-10-18 13:10

      ^ Replace second Isreali with South Africans and it all makes sense. Media24 - Please could we have an edit button?

      Jack - 2011-10-18 14:47

      @dcostine...I thought Arabs were expensive?

  • Jaba - 2011-10-18 12:51

    Palestinians Murderous Heroes The Palestinians being freed today murdered hundreds of innocent civilians in brutal grisly terror attacks. One strangled a lost Israeli during a mob lynching, another lured an Israeli boy over the internet to meet for a date when he was murdered, a third was responsible for the Sbarro bombing killing 16, many children. These are the people being exchanged for innocent Shalit who was abducted, and the fact that the Palestinians consider murderes with blood on their hands heros is psychotic to me.

      Ax - 2011-10-18 13:31

      so you personally checked the files of the 500 detainees being freed right?? and by the way, this shlaite guy, what is he already? yes a soldier, and what do soldiers do, they kill people and occupy territories. but the truth is isreal is not stupid and wouldnt free people guilty of murder, but only the thousand of political prisonners. your lies might work with the uninformed and the racists here, but not with logical and wise people.

      BA - 2011-10-18 14:12

      Ax: go to . It is YOU who are the ignorant racist. You are far from logical and wise. Israeli soldiers defend the sovereign state of Israel and its citizens. They do not deliberately target innocent civilians like hamas does.

  • Allan - 2011-10-18 13:43

    Swopping 1000 Palestinians for Gilad shows the world what the Israelis place on one life unlike those barbaric animals that send out suicide bombers in the name of their religion

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