- The Washington Times - Saturday, March 21, 2009

JERUSALEM (AP) - Several hundred people are marking an Israeli soldier’s 1,000th day in captivity with a vigil outside the Jerusalem residence of Prime Minister Ehud Olmert.

The crowd is gathered at a protest tent set up two weeks ago by the family of Sgt. Gilad Schalit. Dozens of people are waving yellow glow sticks in solidarity with the family.

Hamas militants captured the 22-year-old soldier in June 2006, and he’s being held in the Gaza Strip.

The family had hoped that Olmert would work out a prisoner swap with Hamas before leaving office. But Olmert said Hamas’ demands were excessive and signaled he would turn over the matter to his successor, Benjamin Netanyahu.

Schalit’s family plans to return to their home in northern Israel later Saturday.

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