Minutes ago, SFC Gilad Shalit crossed the border into Israel, ending over five years in captivity.
The Shalit family as well as the Prime Minister, Minister of Defense and IDF Chief of the General Staff have been updated.
SFC Shalit was greeted by officers from the Southern Command, representatives from the IDF Personnel Directorate, the IDF Medical Corps and a team from the Prisoners of War and Missing in Action Department.
In the coming moments, SFC Shalit will be transferred to an IDF base near the crossing point, where he will speak with his family on the phone and undergo an initial medical examination. Immediately afterwards, he will be flown in an IAF helicopter to an IDF base in central Israel, where he will be reunited with his family.