An Israel Defense Forces (IDF) report revealed that Israel’s two reserve soldiers, Eldad Regev and Ehud Goldwasser, kidnapped by Hizballah terrorists five months ago have suffered serious-to-critical wounds during the attack that sparked the Lebanon War, raising the possibility that they are no longer alive.
The IDF Spokesman’s Office refused to confirm, but the army continues to assume the soldiers are alive.
“The IDF's working assumption was and remains that the kidnapped soldiers are alive,” the IDF said in a statement, “and we work according to that premise.”
Amnesty International secretary-general Irene Khan raised the issue of the continued captivity of Goldwasser and Regev and asked Hizballah to allow the Red Cross to see the two men, which the terrorist organization has refused until now.
“They acknowledged that under international law there is an obligation for them to give access, but they said they would not do it, because they wanted to put pressure on Israel to release prisoners,” she said.
The IDF presented the report to Defense Minister Amir Peretz and Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and regularly update the families of the kidnapped soldiers.
“The information must remain confidential, negotiations are not conducted in the media,” Peretz said.