Report: Gilad Shalit Went on Hunger Strike While in Hamas Captivity

Abducted IDF soldier Shalit, who was was eventually freed in a prisoner swap deal in October, forced Hamas to take efforts toward his release out of fear for his life, according to Army Radio.

Gilad Shalit went on hunger strike while in Hamas captivity, to pressure Hamas into negotiating his release, Army Radio reported on Sunday, citing "Yediot Aharonot."

The abducted Israel Defense Forces soldier refused to eat, and consequently forced Hamas to take steps towards his release, out of fear for his life, the report said.

Gilad Shalit on phone to family - IDF spokesman - October 18 2011
Gilad Shalit phoning his family moments after being returned to Israeli hands, October 18, 2011.IDF Spokesman

According to the report, Iran and Hamas also gave Israel false information as to Shalit’s whereabouts, in an attempt to lure an IDF extraction team into a booby trapped building.

Shalit was kept underground for the entire duration of his captivity and his guards did not change at any point during that time, the report said.

Shalit was released on October 18 after five years in Hamas captivity in a prisoner exchange deal which saw the release of over 1,000 Palestinian prisoners.

Read this article in Hebrew: גלעד שליט פתח בשביתת רעב שהאיצה את שחרורו