A look at previous prisoner swaps

July 16, 2008 01:14

On Tuesday, the cabinet gave final approval for the return of five Lebanese prisoners and the bodies of 199 fighters in exchange for two kidnapped IDF soldiers, who are presumed dead. Here is a look at previous Israeli-Lebanese prisoner swaps: • 2004: Hizbullah exchanges an Israeli civilian and the bodies of three IDF soldiers for 436 Arab prisoners and the bodies of 59 Lebanese fighters. • 1996: Israel frees 65 Lebanese prisoners for the bodies of two soldiers captured in fighting in Lebanon. • 1991: Israel trades 51 Lebanese prisoners for proof that one of its soldiers held in Lebanon is dead. • 1985: Israel releases 1,150 Arab prisoners, almost all of them Palestinians, in return for three soldiers taken by Lebanese guerrillas in 1982. • 1983: Israel swaps 4,600 Palestinian and Lebanese captives for six IDF soldiers abducted on September 4, 1982 from their forward post in Lebanon. Most of the Arab prisoners had been rounded up during Israel's 1982 invasion of Lebanon.

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