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Israel to declare three soldiers missing since 1982 as killed in action: TV report

The Israeli military will soon declare three soldiers missing since a 1982 tank battle as killed in action, Israel TV reported Wednesday. Israeli officials were unavailable for comment on the report, which came as Israel and the Lebanese-based Hezbollah were negotiating a possible prisoner swap. Hezbollah would return a captive businessman and the bodies of three Israeli soldiers abducted in October 2000, and Israel would free two Lebanese guerrilla leaders and hundreds of prisoners, including Palestinians. The three soldiers were in a tank that took part in a fierce Israeli-Syrian battle at Sultan Yakub in Lebanon, near the Syrian border, during Israel’s large-scale invasion of Lebanon. Their tank was later paraded through the streets of Damascus, the Syrian capital, but no trace of the three soldiers was ever found. One of them, Zachary Baumel, held dual Israeli-U.S. citizenship. Ever since he disappeared, his parents have dedicated their lives to finding him, following up countless leads. Full Story

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