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    Will this be the end of Schalit's nightmare?

    The Times has reported that Israel and the Palestinians are preparing a prisoner exchanger that could lead to the release of an Israeli soldier who has been held for more than three years In the Gaza Strip. Hundreds of Palestinian militants will be released by Israel.

    There has been a media frenzy since reports that Gilad Schalit, the young Israeli corporal captured by Hamas in a cross-border raid in June 2006, could be free as early as Friday, when Palestinians mark their Eid al-Adha festival. The feast is a traditional period for amnesties and mutual gestures. Hamas’s official newspaper said the exchange could go ahead in the middle of next week.

    A high-level Hamas delegation was due to leave today for Egypt to finalise details of a prisoner swap, which is expected to include around 350 to 450 Palestinian militants as well as hundreds of other prisoners.

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