We started working three weeks ago, before the Yoel Shalit incident4 Israelis push for captive's release May 12, 2011
The people involved talk to us from time to time, caress our heads, but my dear grandchild Gilad is still rotting away in the Hamas cellars having done nothing wrong, like a common criminalGroup commemorates Shalit abduction Jun 25, 2011
Israel does not intend to ease the blockade until the prisoner exchange will be implementedShalit's father: U.S. holding up swap Feb 19, 2010
I am telling his family that his condition is good. He has food, he has a room and we are not mistreating our prisonerHamas leader: Netanyahu delays Shalit deal Mar 07, 2010
We've said we would not allow another year to pass without Gilad, and that is what we intend to do this timeIsraeli protesters demand Shalit's release Jun 25, 2010
Gilad Shalit (Hebrew: גלעד שליט, born 28 August 1986) is an Israeli and French national and an IDF soldier who was attacked and kidnapped from Israel on 25 June 2006 by Hamas militants in a cross-border raid. Shalit was captured near the Kerem Shalom crossing (in Israel), and has been held as a hostage at an unknown location in the Gaza Strip by Hamas and deprived of all International Red Cross visits since his abduction.
Hamas has refused requests from the International Committee of the Red Cross to allow the ICRC to visit Shalit, and claims that any such visit could betray the location where Shalit is being held captive. Multiple human rights organizations have stated that the terms and conditions of Shalit's confinement are contrary to international humanitarian law. To date, the only contact between Shalit and the outside world since his capture has been three letters, an audio tape, and a DVD that Israel received in return for releasing 20 female Palestinian prisoners.
Shalit holds dual French and Israeli citizenship, a fact that encouraged France and the European Union to be involved in efforts to release him from his captors.