(photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski)
The IDF has captured one of the Hizbullah gunmen behind the kidnapping of IDF reservists Ehud Goldwasser and Eldad Regev on July 12, Military Intelligence head Maj.-Gen. Amos Yadlin told the cabinet on Sunday.
Yadlin, according to cabinet sources, said the Hizbullah man was being interrogated in Israel. The sources would not say where or when he was captured. He is one of 20 Hizbullah gunmen who have been captured during the current violence in the North, the cabinet was told.
IDF sources said the gunman was a mid-level operative and was involved in the planning and execution of the cross-border attack during which Goldwasser and Regev were abducted. The sources said he was caught in a covert operation in the last few days.
The IDF has very little intelligence about the fate of the kidnapped soldiers, but senior military officials said Sunday that they were operating on the assumption that both Goldwasser and Regev were alive and being held in Lebanon. Last week, IDF special forces conducted a raid in Baalbek in the Bekaa Valley, deep in Lebanon, based on information that the kidnapped soldiers had been treated in a hospital there.