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Newly released Hamas photo shows Gilad Shalit in captivity

Image of abducted IDF soldier features one of his guards, who was reportedly killed recently in Gaza tunnel collapse

Stuart Winer is a breaking news editor at The Times of Israel.

Hamas terrorist Abd al-Rahman al-Mubasar and captured IDF soldier Gilad Shalit in an undated photograph published by Hamas on December 30, 2015. (YouTube/itonline2012)
Hamas terrorist Abd al-Rahman al-Mubasar and captured IDF soldier Gilad Shalit in an undated photograph published by Hamas on December 30, 2015. (YouTube/itonline2012)

The Hamas terror group on Wednesday released a new picture featuring kidnapped IDF soldier Gilad Shalit with one of the guards who watched over him during his five years in captivity in the Gaza Strip.

The guard, named as Abd al-Rahman al-Mubashar, recently died in a tunnel collapse in the Gaza Strip, Hamas said.

The image was broadcast on Hamas’s television station.

Channel 10 speculated that the picture shows a smiling Shalit in the same shirt as the one he was wearing on the day he was released and that this could indicate the picture was taken on October 18, 2011, the day of the soldier’s release as part of a prisoner swap.

On Monday, Hamas named five group members — Sami al-Hamaidah, Abdallah Labad, Khaled Abu Bachrah, Mahmoud Rashid Daoud, and Abd al-Rahman al-Mubashar — who it said were involved in guarding Shalit. All five have since died, according to reports in the Arabic-language media.

Released captive Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit (center). Assassinated Hamas military leader Ahmed Jabari can be seen behind him. (photo credit: Flash90)
Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit (center) on the day he was released in a prisoner exchange, October 18, 2011. Hamas military leader Ahmed Jabari can be seen directly behind his right shoulder. (photo credit: Flash90)

Shalit was captured in 2006 in a cross-border attack and held hostage by the Gaza-based group until October 2011, when Israel freed 1,027 Palestinian prisoners in return for his release.

A year after Shalit was freed, the Hamas military wing released a video dramatizing and documenting his abduction and the killing of two other IDF soldiers in its June 25, 2006, terrorist raid into Israel.

The 45-minute propaganda film broadcast by the Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades showed the planning, preparation, and kidnapping of Shalit on the Israeli side of the Israel-Gaza border. The film concluded with previously unseen footage of Shalit handed to Egypt by Hamas strongman Ahmed Ja’abari.

Times of Israel staff contributed to this report.

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