Gilad Shalit has set foot on Israeli soil for the first time since June 25 2006.
The IDF confirmed that the soldier had been taken across the border from Egypt into Israel. He was handed over to the Egyptian authorities by Hamas early this morning as part of a prisoner exchange deal.
News of a deal inked between israel and Hamas to secure the release of Gilad Shalit prompted wild celebrations in Jerusalem. British teenagers on the FZY and Bnei Akiva yearcourse schemes were there to join in.