Gilad Shalit Fast Facts

(CNN)Here is a look at the life of Gilad Shalit, an Israeli soldier abducted and imprisoned by the military wing of Hamas from 2006 to 2011.

Personal:
Birth date:
August 28, 1986
Birth place: Naharia, Israel
    Father: Noam Shalit
    Mother: Aviva Shalit
    Military service: Israel Defense Forces (IDF), 2005-2012
    Other Facts:
    Gilad Shalit was 19 at the time of his capture.
    Dual citizen of France and Israel.
    Timeline:
    July 2005 -
    Begins his military service with IDF's tank corps.
    June 25, 2006 - Shalit is captured by Palestinian militants. The Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs issues a detailed statement about the abduction.
    October 2009 - The Israeli government receives a video of Shalit, proving that he's still alive. In return, the government releases 20 Palestinian female prisoners.
    June 2010 - Shalit's parents lead a 12-day march from their home in northern Israel to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's office in Jerusalem. There, they set up a protest tent to draw attention to their son's plight. The tent remains outside the prime minister's office for more than a year.
    October 2011 - Netanyahu announces that a prisoner swap deal has been struck with Hamas. Shalit will be freed in exchange for the release of more than 1,000 Palestinian prisoners.
    December 18, 2011 - Phase two of the prisoner swap takes place and 550 Palestinian prisoners are released. Israel releases a total of 1,027 Palestinian prisoners in exchange for Shalit.
    April 2012 - Shalit is discharged from the IDF with the rank of sergeant major.
    June 2012 - Becomes a sports columnist for an Israeli newspaper.