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Norwegian newspaper Aftenposten published a report on Monday claiming that Norwegian UN soldiers helped to rescue two Lebanese prisoners who escaped from the Khiam prison in southern Lebanon in 1992.
The Aftenposten report claimed that the prison was Mossad-controlled.
The rescue operation could have jeopardized Norway's role in the UN if it had been discovered at the time, the report suggested.
According to the Norwegian report, author Odd Karsten Tveit describes
the rescue operation of the two prisoners in his new book and says that
it all happened in the deepest of secrecy.
The prisoners, who found themselves in Norwegian custody in southern
Lebanon, could have been taken prisoner, tortured and possibly killed,
The report described how the rescue operation was carried out, claiming that the Lebanese prisoners dressed up in the Norwegian uniform
jackets and UN helmets.
During the operation the prisoners were placed in a Norwegian armored
vehicles which raced past Israeli soldiers and Lebanese militiamen who
were searching for the men, Aftenposten put forward in its report.
Despite the sensitivity of the issue, the report suggests that UNIFIL,
the UN force in Lebanon, was not informed of the operation.