Last Israeli troops leave Lebanon
Posted by uscsjp on October 1, 2006
Israel has withdrawn the last of its troops from Lebanon, fulfilling a key condition of the UN ceasefire that ended its war with Hezbollah. About 200 soldiers crossed into Israel after midnight, the army said. . .
Lebanese and international peacekeeping troops are being deployed to monitor the ceasefire. . .
Hezbollah is still holding captive two Israeli soldiers whose abduction sparked off the conflict – and most Israelis also believe that the fight with Hezbollah is not over once and for all, our correspondent says. . .
But correspondents point out that the [UN] resolution also calls for the disarming of Hezbollah – which the militant group has resisted.
The UN has appointed a mediator to try to win the captured soldiers’ freedom, most likely through a prisoner swap with Israel.
The completion of the withdrawal comes a day after the Israeli infrastructure minister, Binyamin Ben-Eliezer, called for the assassination of Hezbollah leader Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah.
More than 1,100 people – mostly civilians – were killed in Lebanon during the war. In Israel, more than 150 people – mainly soldiers – were killed. (full story)