IDF soldier Gilad Shalit, captured by Hamas in 2006
IDF soldier Gilad Shalit, captured by Hamas in 2006. Photo by Archive
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Gilad Shalit, the Israel Defense Forces soldier who has been held largely incommunicado in the Gaza Strip for more than five years, has been told that he will be freed as part of a prisoner swap deal, a Palestinian militant leader said Wednesday.

"Of course, we informed Shalit yesterday about reaching a deal on releasing him," Abu Attaya, a spokesman for the Popular Resistance Committees (PRC) in Gaza, told the German Press-Agency dpa.

The PRC is one of the three groups holding Shalit.

Abu Attaya did not say how Shalit reacted.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's cabinet voted early Wednesday morning to approve the prisoner swap deal that will see Shalit return to Israel.