Shalit, in a photo provided by his family.(Getty Images)

Haaretz is reporting this afternoon that IDF soldier Gilad Shalit, kidnapped by Gaza militants three years ago, will soon be “transferred” to Egypt, perhaps as early as today. It’s part of a complicated deal, “assisted by Egyptian mediation and done in coordination with the United States and with the support of Syria,” as Haaretz puts it, to open crossings between the Gaza Strip and Israel, create a joint Hamas-Fatah committee to control Gaza, and exchange prisoners between the two Palestinian groups. The news is sourced to “European diplomatic sources;” Israeli officials, says Haaretz, have not confirmed it.

Europeans: Gilad Shalit Transfer to Egypt Imminent [Haaretz]