Gilad Shalit, 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 today, Erev Yom Tov.
“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 Netanyahu’s cabinet voted early this morning to approve the prisoner swap deal that will see Shalit return to Israel.