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Gilad Shalit's family embark on march

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Gilad Shalit's family embark on march


Hundreds of people have gathered outside the home of the parents of Gilad Schalit.

The family of the captured Israeli soldier are embarking on a twelve day march to mark the anniversary of his capture in June 2006.

They are walking to the home of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and say they will remain camped outside until their son is set free.

Netanyahu invited Schalit’s parents to meet him after he returns from a visit to the US.

“On the fourth anniversary of Gilad Schalit’s capture, I am calling on the international community to stand by the state of Israel in its unequivocal and just demand that our captive soldier be returned immediately.” he told the Israeli cabinet.

Schalit is being held by Hamas militants who are demanding the release of thousands of Palestinian prisoners in exchange for his freedom.

“We want to emphasize to Schalit’s family and all the interested parties that Netanyahu and his government are the ones responsible for the failure of the prisoner swap negotiations.” said a Hamas spokesman.

Little is known about Schalit’s condition.

No one is allowed access to him.

The 23-year-old’s captors released a recorded statement last year to prove he was still alive.

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