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Israeli Soldier, Palestinian Prisoners Freed in Exchange

Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit and hundreds of Palestinians were freed in a historic prisoner exchange that set off celebrations in both Israel and the Palestinian territories.

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Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit (C) is escorted by intelligence officers upon his arrival at the Egyptian side of the Rafah border crossing on October 18, 2011 following his release after 5 years of Hamas captivity under the terms of an Egyptian-mediated dea
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Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit (C) is escorted by intelligence officers upon his arrival at the Egyptian side of the Rafah border crossing on October 18, 2011 following his release after 5 years of Hamas captivity under the terms of an Egyptian-mediated dea

Israelis in the northern village of Mitzpe Hila watch a television broadcast of an interview with Gilad Shalit October 18, 2011. (Reuters)
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Israelis in the northern village of Mitzpe Hila watch a television broadcast of an interview with Gilad Shalit October 18, 2011. (Reuters)

Residents wave flags and cheer as a vehicle carrying released Israeli soldier Gilad Schalit arrives in Mitzpe Hila, northern Israel, October 18, 2011. (AP)
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Residents wave flags and cheer as a vehicle carrying released Israeli soldier Gilad Schalit arrives in Mitzpe Hila, northern Israel, October 18, 2011. (AP)

Israeli border police fire teargas at Palestinians outside the Ofer military prison near the in West Bank city of Ramallah, October 18, 2011. (AP)
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Israeli border police fire teargas at Palestinians outside the Ofer military prison near the in West Bank city of Ramallah, October 18, 2011. (AP)

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