Families Of Missing Israeli Soldiers React As Swap Under Way

Hezbollah members hand over the bodies of two Israeli soldiers to the Red Cross to be exchanged for Lebanese prisoners held by Israel at Naqoura border point with Israel, Wednesday July 16, 2008. Lebanon's Hezbollah guerrillas handed over the bodies of two Israeli soldiers and trucks carrying the remains of some 199 Lebanese and Palestinian fighters began crossing into Lebanon on Wednesday _ setting in motion a dramatic prisoner swap between the bitter enemies. Family and friends outside the homes of the two captured Israeli soldiers burst into tears early Wednesday when TV images showed two black coffins believed to contain their remains. Though officials had suspected Ehud Goldwasser and Eldad Regev were dead, the sight of the coffins was the first concrete sign of the young men's fate. (AP Photo/Issam Kobeisy/Pool)
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Rosh Hanikra, Israel (AP) Family and friends outside the homes of two captured Israeli soldiers burst into tears today when TV showed Lebanese guerrillas turning over two black coffins. They're believed to contain the bodies of Israeli soldiers captured two years ago.

If Israeli forensic experts positively identify the bodies as Ehud Goldwasser and Eldad Regev, Israel will turn over five Lebanese prisoners to the Hezbollah guerrilla group.

The Israeli servicemen had been presumed dead but there had been no confirmation.

Their Hezbollah captors had withheld any information about them since they were captured two years ago in a cross-border raid that touched off a monthlong war.



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