Hezbollah has agreed to a prisoner swap with Israel. The group’s leader, Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah, singled out one of the five prisoners Israel will hand over as part of the agreement.
Securing Samir Qantar’s liberation was, he said, the aim of a cross-border raid two years ago in which two Israeli soldiers were seized.
Qantar is the most prominent Lebanese held by Israel. He is serving a life sentence for killing a man and his four-year-old daughter in a raid at Nahiriya in 1979. In Lebanon, however, Qantar has many supporters who maintain he is innocent.