A former aide to Ehud Olmert, prime minister at the time of the 2006 abduction and war, said Lebanese claims that Israel killed its own soldiers was "utter nonsense".
"The forensic details we gathered at the site of the abductions made clear that Goldwasser and Regev were seriously wounded on the spot, at least one of them fatally," the aide said.
"This was confirmed by intelligence information that we subsequently gathered, and by pathological examinations upon recovery of the bodies, which Hezbollah had kept frozen. Their wounds corresponded to an ambush on the ground, not an aerial bombing."
The comments came in response to claims made by a Lebanese minister on Wednesday that the IDF soldiers whose capture by Hezbollah in 2006 sparked the Second Lebanon War and whose bodies were returned to Israel two years later, were killed by Israeli bombardment.