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(JTA) — Gilad Shalit underwent surgery to repair wounds from when he was taken hostage in 2006.
The surgery Friday at Rambam Hospital in Haifa removed seven pieces of shrapnel in Shalit’s hand, according to news reports. It was deemed successful.
Shalit was released from captivity 2 1/2 weeks ago in exchange for more than a thousand Palestinian prisoners. He will spending the weekend at the hospital for observation.
Earlier this week, a lawmaker from the haredi Orthodox Shas Party, Menshulam Nahiri, criticized Shalit for spending his first weekend of freedom at the beach rather than at synagogue.