Israeli soldier released
Gaza City – Hamas’ leader in the Gaza Strip says the militant group has officially turned over a captive Israeli soldier to Egypt as part of a prisoner swap with Israel.
In a text message, Mahmoud Zahar said today that his group is no longer holding Sergeant Gilad Schalit. Earlier, militants had whisked the 25-year-old soldier across Gaza’s border to Egypt, which has acted as a mediator in the deal.
Israel is freeing more than 1 000 Palestinian prisoners in exchange for Schalit, who was captured by Gaza militants in June 2006.