Freed Israeli soldier was mistreated, says father

Schalit was freed on Tuesday for 1,027 Palestinian prisoners.

Updated: Oct 21, 2011, 00:04 AM IST

Jerusalem: The father of an Israeli soldier
freed this week in a prisoner swap with Hamas says his son is
doing well but "endured harsh things" while held by
Palestinian militants in Gaza.

Noam Schalit made the remarks on Friday evening after
spending the Jewish holiday of Simhat Torah reunited with his
son, Sgt Gilad Schalit.

The comments provide the first details of how Schalit was
treated during his 5 years of captivity.

Zuhair Al-Qaisi, a member of a Palestinian militant group
that captured Schalit in 2006, told the Al-Hayat newspaper
that Schalit was treated well.

Schalit was freed Tuesday for 1,027 Palestinian
prisoners. Many of the hundreds of prisoners released in the
first part of the two stage swap have called for more violence
and abductions.

PTI