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Israel mourns two soldiers returned by Hezbollah

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Israel mourns two soldiers returned by Hezbollah


In Israel, the mood has been sombre.

At the border, Hezbollah carried out its part of the bargain, handing over two Israeli soldiers. But, as was widely expected, both men were dead.

Again the International Committee of the Red Cross mediated. It was a key moment in a long-drawn out process as were DNA tests the Israeli army said confirmed the bodies were those of
Eldad Regev, seized in a cross-border raid two years ago with Ehud Goldwasser. Their capture triggered a month-long war between Israel and Hezbollah.

In Lebanon they have also been taking delivery of the dead. Israel began by returning the bodies of eight Hezbollah fighters slain in the 2006 war and those of four Palestinians.

The four are among nearly 200 Arabs killed trying to attack Israel, whose bodies are being sent to Lebanon in a deal hailed by Hezbollah as a triumph.

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