TITLE

Hizbullah-Israeli swap

AUTHOR(S)
Blanford, Nicholas
PUB. DATE
March 2004
SOURCE
Middle East;Mar2004, Issue 343, p16
SOURCE TYPE
Periodical
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
A long-awaited prisoner exchange between Israel and Lebanon's Hizbullah organization has reinforced the Shia Muslim group's status in the Arab and Islamic world as of March 2004. The first phase of the two-part swap between Israel and Hizbullah, mediated by German intelligence officials, occurred at the end of January 2004 and saw the release of over 400 Lebanese, Palestinian and other Arab prisoners in return for an Israeli businessman and the remains of three Israeli soldiers. Hizbullah justifies its continued military stance in South Lebanon as a defender of Lebanese sovereignty against Israeli aggression, most visibly in responding with anti-aircraft fire to penetrations of Lebanese airspace by Israeli jets.
ACCESSION #
12599681

 

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