Hezbollah, Israel set for limited prisoner swap

Israel and Hezbollah are set to complete within hours a deal to exchange the remains of an Israeli for a Lebanese prisoner and the bodies of two fighters, a Lebanese security source said on Monday.

Hezbollah, Israel set for limited prisoner swap

'As a goodwill gesture, there will be a swap of a prisoner and the bodies of two Hezbollah fighters for the remains of an Israeli who was not a soldier,' the source said.

Asked when he expected the deal to go through, the source said: 'Within the next few hours.'

He said the exchange would take place at 5 p.m. (1400 GMT) and described the dead man as an Ethiopian immigrant who drowned at sea and who was swept north onto the Lebanese coast several years ago.

Hezbollah still holds two Israeli soldiers seized in July 2006.

A U.N.-appointed mediator is working on an exchange deal to get the soldiers and Lebanese and other prisoners released.


Reuters

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