Hezbollah-Israel prisoner swap set for Wednesday

As part of the deal, which was negotiated by a German intelligence officer, Israel will also hand over the bodies of 200 Arabs.

Hezbollah-Israel prisoner swap set for Wednesday
Israel and Lebanon's Hezbollah group will exchange prisoners on Wednesday under a U.N.-mediated deal, Israel's Prisons Service said on Sunday.

Lebanese security sources said last week that under the agreement, Israel will release five Lebanese prisoners and Hezbollah will hand over two Israeli soldiers seized in a cross-border raid.

Hezbollah has given no word on the condition of the two soldiers, although they are widely presumed dead.

A spokesman for the Prisons Service said the exchange would take place on Wednesday, but he declined to say where along the Israel-Lebanon border. Previous exchanges were made at the coastal Naqoura frontier crossing.

The Lebanese prisoners include Samir Qantar, who is serving a life sentence in Israel.

As part of the deal, which was negotiated by a German intelligence officer, Israel will also hand over the bodies of 200 Arabs. Hezbollah is to return body parts of Israeli soldiers killed in south Lebanon in 2006.

Reuters
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