The Israeli army this month marked the six year anniversary of the cross-border raid and abduction of two Israeli soldiers by Lebanon's Hizballah terrorist militia, an act that sparked the Second Lebanon War.
In the early morning hours of July 12, 2006, Hizballah fired a barrage of missiles at targets in northern Israel. Under cover of that fire, Hizballah gunmen infiltrated the border and attacked two Israeli army vehicles. They killed three soldiers and abducted two more - Ehud Goldwasser and Eldad Regev.
The unprovoked attack elicited a fierce response from Israel that blossomed into a 34-day war that left 44 Israeli civilians and 119 Israeli soldiers dead. Many more Lebanese soldiers, terrorists and civilians also paid with their lives.
But at the end of the fighting, Goldwasser and Regev were still in captivity. Only two years later did Hizballah agree to a prisoner exchange, but to the shock and horror of most Israelis, Goldwasser and Regev were returned in coffins.
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