A timeline of the events expected during Tuesday's prisoner swap between Israel and Hamas:
The elaborate, multi-staged swap of 1,027 Palestinian prisoners in exchange for Israeli soldier Sgt. Gilad Schalit will begin Tuesday morning as early as 6 a.m. local time (0400 GMT).
Schalit will be handed to Egyptians and possibly Red Cross personnel in Gaza. He will leave Gaza for Egypt's Sinai via the Rafah crossing. Once in Sinai, the Egyptians or Red Cross will confirm he is alive and well. Then Israel will release 27 female Palestinian prisoners.
In Sinai, the head of the Israeli military's mental health division will examine Schalit. Then Schalit will enter Israel at the nearby Kerem Shalom crossing on the Egypt-Israel-Gaza border and undergo a thorough medical exam. The Israeli army will dress him in uniform. Israeli media reports say he will then call his mother from his old mobile phone and be offered a taste of his favorite peanut-flavored Israeli snack.
The remaining Palestinian prisoners will then be released, with about 100 going to the West Bank, approximately 30 to be deported _ destinations reportedly including Jordan, Turkey and Qatar _ and the rest going to Gaza. The remaining 550 prisoners, which Israel will choose, are to be freed in two months. Celebrations to welcome the freed prisoners are planned in Gaza and the West Bank.
Schalit will be flown by helicopter to the Tel Nof air force base in central Israel. There, his parents will meet him, along with military physicians who will perform a second examination. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Defense Minister Ehud Barak and military chief Lt. Gen. Benny Gantz will welcome Schalit in an official ceremony. Afterward, a helicopter will fly the Schalit family to their home in Mitzpe Hila in northern Israel.
Israel has declared that areas around crossings into Gaza, the Nitzana crossing with Egypt, as well as the Ketziot and Ofer prisons, are to be closed military zones. Police will also block outsiders from visiting Mitzpe Hila beginning Monday night to offer the Schalit family a private reunion.
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