SFC Gilad Shalit returns to his home in Mitzpe Hila

Earlier, Shalit, in good and stable health, met with his family at IAF airbase

Date: 11/10/2011, 9:09 AM     Author: IDF Website

16:55 - The helicopter carrying Sergeant First Class Gilad Shalit and his family lands in Mitzpe Hila. SFC Shalit has returned home.

16:14 - A short while ago and after completing a secondary and thorough medical examination in a medical facility purposefully established on the premises, SFC Gilad Shalit and his family took off from the Tel Nof IAF base.

The family is now flying together to their home in Mitzpe Hila.

13:08 - SFC Gilad Shalit reunited with his parents a short while ago. Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu said to him, "hello Gilad, welcome back to the State of Israel. It's great to have you back home."

12:47 - IDF helicopter with SFC Gilad Shalit landed at the Tel Nof Airbase.

12:25 - IDF helicopter with SFC Gilad Shalit on it took off to the Tel Nof Airbase where he will reunite with his family.

12:17 - Illegal and violent riot by Palestinians near the Beituniya crossing south of Ramallah. Approximately 1,500 rioters are waving Hamas flags, burning tires and throwing rocks at security forces who are responding with non-lethal riot dispersal means. No injuries have been reported through the security fence was damaged.

12:15 - Transfer of the prisoners released as part of the process to free SFC Gilad Shalit was completed. The prisoners passed through the Beituniya and Kerem Shalom crossings, into Judea and Samaria, Israel and Egypt.

The International Committee of the Red Cross assisted in the transfer of prisoners, which was completed without incident.

11:50 - Sergeant First Class Gilad Shalit concluded the initial processing stage at an IDF base near Kerem Shalom. SFC Shalit is on his way to an IDF base, where he will be greeted by the Prime Minister, Minister of Defense and the IDF Chief of the General Staff, and be reunited with his family.

SFC Shalit was transferred to the care of representatives of the IDF Personnel Directorate and has undergone an initial medical examination by Medical Corps personnel, who confirmed that he is in good and stable health. SFC Shalit then spoke to his family over the phone.

For the first time in five years - SFC Shalit is free

11:10am - SFC Gilad Shalit, crossed the border into Israel, ending over five years in captivity

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.










10:15am - Sergeant First Class Gilad Shalit was brought into Egyptian territory and transferred from the hands of the Hamas into the care of representatives of the Egyptian Government, making his way to the Rafah crossing. He then met IDF representatives who escorted him to the Kerem Shalom crossing, through which he returned to Israel.

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

The process of transferring the Palestinian prisoners to their prearranged release locations began earlier today, 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 were transferred to Egypt via the Kerem Shalom crossing.

Prisoners that are to be released in the Judea and Samaria Region are transferred via an entry point at the Ofer Prison, adjacent to the Beituniya crossing.

In addition, some prisoners are released in Israeli territory

In the next few hours, SFC Shalit will arrive at the Tel Nof Airbase where he will reunite with his family for the first time in over five years. He will then meet with Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu and Chief of the General Staff Lt. Gen. Benny Gantz, and will be exmained by doctors who will evalute his mental and physical condition.