Sergeant First Class Gilad Shalit Transferred to Egypt, Palestinian Prisoners’ Transfer Commences

Moments ago, SFC Gilad Shalit was brought into Egyptian territory and transferred from the hands of the Hamas into the care of representatives of the Egyptian Government, and is currently at the Rafah crossing. He will then meet IDF representatives who will escort him to the Kerem Shalom crossing, through which he will return to Israel.

The Prime Minister, Minister of Defense and IDF Chief of the General Staff have been updated.

The process of transferring the Palestinian prisoners to their prearranged release locations began moments ago, after it was confirmed that SFC Shalit was in the hands of Egyptian Government representatives.

Prisoners that have been banned from the Judea and Samaria Region, residents of the Gaza Strip and prisoners who are to be sent abroad will be transferred to Egypt via the Kerem Shalom crossing.

Prisoners that are to be released in the Judea and Samaria Region will be transferred through an access point on a road near the Ofer Prison.

In addition, some prisoners are to be released in Israeli territory.

Sergeant First Class Gilad Shalit

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