Shalit, Palestinian prisoners freed in swap

  • Raid begins

    Raid begins
    Hamas militants launch raid into Israel from the Gaza Strip, killing two soldiers and capturing Shalit.
  • Israeli troops invade

    Israeli troops invade
    Israeli troops invade the Gaza Strip.
  • Letters from Shalit

    Letters from Shalit
    Letter from Shalit reaches his family via Egyptian mediators brokering a prisoner swap deal.
  • Worst fighting in a decade

    Worst fighting in a decade
    Worst internal Palestinian fighting in a decade raises fears of a civil war in Gaza.
  • Ceasefire

    Ceasefire in Gaza announced, ends five months of Israeli air strikes and incursions that fail to free Shalit.
  • Hamas takes over Gaza

    Hamas takes over Gaza
    Hamas takes over Gaza from Fatah forces loyal to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.
  • Isreali media breaks the story

    Isreali media breaks the story
    Israeli TV airs audio tape from Shalit's captors asking for medical treatment and release of Palestinians.
  • Commander abduction

    Commander abduction
    Israeli special forces disguised as Hamas gunmen abduct Hamas commander to be used as "bargaining chip."
  • Shalit ransom

    Shalit ransom
    Hamas says Shalit won't be freed unless Israel frees 1,400 Palestinian prisoners, many long-term.
  • Six-Month Truce

    Six-Month Truce
    Hamas leader offers Israel six-month truce in Gaza but says fate of Shalit separate issue.
  • Ceasefire talks

    Ceasefire talks
    Israel says ceasefire deal must include Shalit. Talks falter over Israel's refusal to reopen Gaza's border.
  • Shalit's handwritten letter

    Shalit's handwritten letter
    Israeli television says Shalit's family receives hand-written letter from their son.
  • Egyptian-brokered ceasefire

    Egyptian-brokered ceasefire
    Israel and Hamas agree to Egyptian-brokered ceasefire in the Gaza Strip.
  • Hamas rejects prisoner list

    Hamas rejects prisoner list
    Hamas rejects list of prisoners Israel is ready to free in exchange for Shalit, saying it wants more.
  • Ceasefire expires

    Ceasefire expires
    Fragile six-month ceasefire between Israel and Hamas expires as they fail to agree on terms to extend truce.
  • Military offensive

    Military offensive
    Israel launches 22-day military offensive in the Gaza Strip. About 1,400 Palestinians and 13 Israelis are killed.
  • Ceasefire

    Israel and Hamas cease fire in Gaza.
  • Shalit's parents march home

    Shalit's parents march home
    Shalit's parents begin march from home to PM Benjamin Netanyahu's residence to press for prisoner swap.
  • "Pale but in good health."

    "Pale but in good health."
    Video is handed over and authenticated in which Shalit looked "pale but in good health."
  • Demands rejected

    Demands rejected
    Israel rejects a demand for the release of several Hamas commanders as part of any exchange for Shalit.
  • Snima killed in raid

    Snima killed in raid
    The Israeli military says that Tayser Abu Snima, a top Hamas militant, killed in a raid, was "directly and physically involved" in Shalit's capture.
  • Proof of life

    Proof of life
    Israel and Hamas confirm deal to exchange proof that Shalit is alive for release of 20 female Palestinians.
  • One for Hundreds

    One for Hundreds
    Israeli and Hamas officials say a deal has been reached to swap Shalit for hundreds of Palestinian prisoners.
  • Under heavy guard

    Under heavy guard
    Israel buses hundreds Palestinian prisoners under heavy guard to a holding facility in the Negev desert in preparation for them to be exchanged for captive Shalit.
  • Finally home

    Finally home
    Shalit is taken across the frontier from the Gaza Strip into Egypt's Sinai Peninsula and driven to Israel's Vineyard of Peace border crossing, where a helicopter flew him to an air base for a reunion with his parents. VIEW HOMECOMING