Israel allows Red Cross to visit Lebanese prisoners

Sunday, November 05, 2006 |  by Staff Writer
Israeli authorities have recently allowed representatives of the International Red Cross to conduct two visits to three Lebanese prisoners held by Israel and allowed an exchange of letters to and from their families in Lebanon.

The Lebanese newspaper As-Safir had quoted the spokesman for the Lebanese Red Cross Hashem Hassan who said that the Red Cross is continuing the negotiations with Hizballah to arrive at a formula which will allow a visit to the two kidnapped Israeli soldiers Eldad Regev and Ehud Goldwasser, but said that so far there have been no positive results in that area.

According to Hassan, the negotiations are continuing and it is impossible to say anything until details will be clear. Hassan also had confirmed the report that representatives from the Red Cross had visited the Lebanese prisoners held in Israel and conducted a letter exchange between them and their families in Lebanon.

The Hizballah website al-moqawama had recently reported that during the Eid al-Fiter holiday which took place two weeks ago, elements close to Hizballah had visited the families of four Lebanese prisoners held by Israel. These prisoners include Samir Kuntar, who murdered the Haran family in Nahariya in 1979 and is serving four life sentences, Yehya Scaff, and two other Lebanese prisoners being held in Israel.

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