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August 28, 2012

Gilad Shalit marks first birthday since being freed

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SFC Gilad Shalit on the phone with his parents, after arriving Israel. Photo by IDF

SFC Gilad Shalit on the phone with his parents, after arriving Israel. Photo by IDF

Gilad Shalit marked his first birthday since being freed from Hamas captivity.

Shalit turned 26 on Tuesday. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called Shalit to wish him a happy birthday.

“This is a particularly happy birthday,” Netanyahu reportedly told Shalit. “It is a birthday of freedom. The entire Israeli nation wishes you mazal tov.”

The Shalit family plans a private birthday celebration over the weekend, Shalit’s grandfather Zvi Shalit told Army Radio.

Shalit was released last October by Hamas after more than five years of captivity in the Gaza Strip.

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