Israeli soldier freed in swap for 1,000 prisoners

October 18, 2011 12:00:00 AM PDT
Looking thin, weary and dazed, Israeli soldier Gilad Schalit emerged from more than five years in Hamas captivity on Tuesday, surrounded by Gaza militants with black face masks and green headbands who handed him over to Egyptian mediators in an exchange for 1,000 Palestinian prisoners. After a medical examination, Israeli officials said Schalit showed signs of malnutrition and his father said he needed time to recover from psychological and physical wounds.

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