Gilad Shalit Abduction Fast Facts

(CNN)Here is a look at the abduction of Gilad Shalit, an Israeli soldier captured and imprisoned by the military wing of Hamas from 2006 to 2011.


Birth date: August 28, 1986
    Birth place: Naharia, Israel
      Father: Noam Shalit
      Mother: Aviva Shalit
      Marriage: Nitzan Shabbat (June 23, 2021-present)
        Military service: Israel Defense Forces (IDF), 2005-2012, Sergeant major

        Other Facts

        Shalit was 19 at the time of his capture.
        Dual citizen of France and Israel.


        July 2005 - Begins his military service with IDF's tank corps.
        June 25, 2006 - Shalit is captured by Palestinian militants. The Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs issues a detailed statement about the abduction.
        October 2009 - The Israeli government receives a video of Shalit, proving that he's still alive. In return, the government releases 20 Palestinian female prisoners.
        June 2010 - Shalit's parents lead a 12-day march from their home in northern Israel to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's office in Jerusalem. There, they set up a tent to draw attention to their son's plight. The tent remains outside the prime minister's office for more than a year.
        October 2011 - Netanyahu announces that a prisoner swap deal has been struck with Hamas. Shalit will be freed in exchange for the release of more than 1,000 Palestinian prisoners.