As it happened: Mid-East prisoner exchange

Key points

  • Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit has returned home after five years' captivity in Gaza
  • Sgt Shalit told Egyptian TV he had always believed the day would come when he would be free
  • The first of more than 1,000 Palestinians to be freed in exchange have been released
  • More than 100,000 people packed Gaza's main square to welcome back some of the prisoners
  • Another 550 jailed Palestinians are to be freed next month under the Hamas-Israel deal
  • All times in GMT

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Gilad Shalit release

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