Hamas Releases New Footage of Israeli Soldier Gilad Shalit in Captivity

Former Israeli soldier was held in Gaza June 2006 to October 2011, when he was released in a prisoner swap

New video of Gilad Shalit, published by Hamas on November 1, 2017

The Hamas military wing published on Wednesday new footage of Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit, who was held captive in Gaza from June 2006 to October 2011.

The footage shows Shalit in the company of four masked Hamas men, in the same clothes he was wearing upon release. Another video shows him being handed a glass of water from one of his captors.

Hamas releases new footage of Gilad Shalit in captivity

In January last year, Hamas released a video that includes clips of Shalit smiling during a barbecue and seen eating, watching TV and reading letters from his family.

Shalit was abducted by Hamas in June 2006 and held for over five years before being exchanged in October 2011 in return for the release of over 1,000 Palestinian prisoners held by Israel.

Two Israeli citizens are still being held in the Gaza Strip: 28-year-old Abera Mengistu from Ashkelon, who crossed over to the Strip in September 2014, and Hisham Abu-Sayid, from the town of Hura in the Negev desert, who walked into Gaza in April 2015.  

The bodies of two Israel Defense Forces soldiers, Oron Shaul and Hadar Goldin, who were killed in 2014 during Israel’s Operation Protective Edge, have also remained in Gaza.