Before Shalit Swap / Details of Israel-Arab Prisoner Exchanges Since 1982

Israel carried out at least seven major exchanges in the last two decades, many which have seen hundreds of enemy prisoners freed in exchange for just a few Israelis.

The high-profile prisoner swap sealed between Israel and Hamas last week, which will see hundreds of Palestinian prisoners released for the abducted Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit, is not the first time a mass number of Arab prisoners will be freed in exchange for just a few Israeli captives.

Here are details of swaps of prisoners and the bodies of war dead between Israel and the Arabs since 1982:

Palestinian prisoners, Jenin, Shalit swap deal

1983 - Israel frees 4,600 Arab detainees in return for six Israeli soldiers held in Lebanon.
June 1984 - Israel swaps 291 Syrians captured in battle and the remains of 72 Syrians for six Israelis and five bodies, only two of which are positively identified as Israelis. Israel also frees 20 Arab civilians held for spying and security offenses.

May 1985 - Israel releases 1,150 Arab prisoners in exchange for three Israel soldiers held by the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine-General Command. The deal took almost nine months to negotiate.

June-July 1985 - Israel frees 331 Lebanese Shi'ite detainees. Shi'ite leaders say their freedom was guaranteed in exchange for the return of 39 foreign passengers hijacked in an American TWA airliner to Beirut. Israel denies a connection.

July 1996 - Hezbollah and Israel carry out a German-brokered swap when the bodies of 123 guerrillas are returned to Lebanon in exchange for the remains of two Israeli soldiers.
Hezbollah also frees 17 fighters of the Israeli-backed South Lebanon Army (SLA) militia, which in turn frees 45 Lebanese captives.

January 2004 - Israel releases 436 Palestinian and other Arab prisoners in a deal with Hezbollah for the return of Elhanan Tannenbaum, an Israeli businessman, and the bodies of three Israeli soldiers killed after abducted on a border patrol in 2000.

July 2008 - In return for releasing five men, Israel recovered from Hezbollah the bodies of two of its soldiers, captured in a 2006 cross-border raid that triggered a 34-day war with the Iranian-backed group.

Oct. 2011 - Israel agreed a deal with Hamas that around 1,027 prisoners would be freed in exchange for Israeli soldier and tank crewman, Gilad Shalit, who has been held since 2006. In a two-stage deal, 477 prisoners will be freed, along with Shalit. The second phase involves 550 prisoners.