Gilad Shalit 'Was Surrounded by Suicide Bombers'

New details of former captive IDF soldier released by Hamas official; terror group's military chief feared betrayal to the end.

Uzi Baruch,

Gilad Shalit
Gilad Shalit
Israel news photo: Flash 90

New details of former captive Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit's time in Hamas captivity have been revealed.

According to Kol Yisrael radio correspondent Gal Berger, a senior Hamas official told in an interview with the Qatar-based Al Jazeera network how the Islamist terror group had surrounded Shalit with suicide bombers wherever he went just before the deal to release him, in anticipation of any Israeli attempt to free him.

According to Berger, the recorded interview - which will be aired on Kol Yisrael later today - will detail how the former head of Hamas's "military wing", the Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades, ordered the extraordinary precautions to guard against any complications during negotiations with Israel for Shalit's release.

Ahmed al-Jabari - who was killed in an Israeli missile strike at the start of 2012's Operation Pillar of Defense in Gaza - feared up until the very last minute that someone from within the terrorist group's inner circle could betray Shalit's location to Israeli intelligence.

Gilad Shalit was taken captive by Hamas during an attack on the Kerem Shalom border crossing with Gaza in 2006.

He was eventually released in 2011 in what became known as the controversial "Shalit Deal," which saw 1,027 convicted terrorists - hundreds of whom had blood on their hands - released from Israeli prisons in exchange for Shalit.




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