Israel Will Free 20 Palestinian Prisoners for Video of Soldier

Hamas says footage proves Shalit is alive
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 30, 2009 11:23 AM CDT
A portrait of Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit is unveiled at the entrance of the 16th district city hall in Paris in 2008.   (AP Photo/Francois Mori)
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(Newser) – Israel will release 20 Palestinian women from jail in exchange for a video from Hamas proving that a young soldier captured three years ago is alive. The swap is expected to take place Friday and will lead to further negotiations for the release of Gilad Shalit, now 23, who was seized by Hamas militants in 2006. Shalit's family praised the breakthrough but said it's only a "first step in the right direction to sign a deal for Gilad's release," notes Haaretz. The family "will not rest or be silent until they see Gilad back home."