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Last Israeli troops leave Lebanon

Posted by uscsjp on October 1, 2006

Israeli soldiers hug after crossing from Lebanon into Israel


The troops’ exodus

Israel has withdrawn the last of its troops from Lebanon, fulfilling a key condition of the UN ceasefire that ended its war with Hezbollah.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)

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