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First picture of released Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit

Reuters reports:

"Gilad Shalit is home," Israel's chief military spokesman said on Tuesday, confirming that the captive Israeli soldier released by Gaza's Hamas rulers had been returned to Israel in a prisoner swap.

Brigadier-General Yoav Mordechai made the announcement on live television at Israel's Vineyard of Peace border post with Egypt, where Shalit, 25, crossed into Israel.

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