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A Snapshot Of Hizbollah

Israel will hand over the bodies of two Hizbollah fighters to Red Cross officials near the Lebanese border on Monday afternoon, a Hizbollah spokesman said. Following is a snapshot of Hizbollah: Shi’ite Muslim Hizbollah, backed by Syria and Iran, was created following Israel’s 1982 invasion of Lebanon. Washington lists Hizbollah as a “terrorist” organisation and blames it for a 1983 attack on a U.S. Marine barracks in Beirut that killed 241 people and the bombing of its embassy the same year. Hizbollah was the main force that helped drive Israel from south Lebanon in May 2000 after a 22-year occupation following an initial invasion in 1978. Hizbollah wants Israel to withdraw from the disputed Shebaa Farms border area between Lebanon, Israel and the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights. Lebanon and Syria say it is Lebanese territory, but the United Nations says it is Israeli-occupied Syrian land. Hizbollah captured three Israeli soldiers in a disputed border area in October 2000. It later said it had also captured reserve officer Elhanan Tenenbaum, who it said was a Mossad agent. Israel believes the three soldiers are dead. Full Story

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