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Hezbollah Hails Trading of Prisoners

The leader of Hezbollah, Sheik Hassan Nasrallah, made a rare public appearance here on Sunday to trumpet as a victory a prisoner-exchange deal with Israel, in which some 430 Palestinians, Lebanese and other Arab prisoners will be swapped this week for a kidnapped Israeli businessman and three Israeli soldiers, presumed dead. “This is a gift to all the Arabs, at the forefront of whom are the Palestinian people,” Sheik Nasrallah said at a heavily guarded news conference in a mosque in a southern suburb of Beirut. Sheik Nasrallah — general secretary of the Shiite Muslim militant group that the United States considers one of the most potent terrorist organizations — also held out the possibility that not all of the three Israeli soldiers kidnapped along the Lebanese border in October 2000 were dead, as the Israelis assume. Full Story

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