ISRAEL-HAMAS PRISONER SWAP

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STORY: ISRAEL-HAMAS PRISONER SWAPDATELINE: Oct. 18, 2011LENGTH: 0:01:50LOCATION: JerusalemINTROIsraeli soldier Gilad Shalit has reunited with his family for the first time since being held in Hamas captivity more than five years ago.Meanwhile, hundreds of released Palestinian prisons have also returned home as part of a thousand-for-one prison swap deal reached last week.World news reportsPKGThe long-waited reunion took place on Tuesday at Tel Nof air base in central Israel shortly after Shalit was freed from captivity in Gaza.He was first transferred to Egypt and later was handed over to Israeli authorities at the Kerem Shalom border crossing between Egypt and the Gaza Strip, where he was greeted by a team of top Israeli officials.Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu hailed his return but admitted the exchange deal was difficult for Israelis to accept.The 25-year old was captured by Hamas militants in a cross-border raid on an Israeli military post near Gaza in June, 2006.His fre
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