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Hizbullah leader Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah forbade senior Hizbullah officials last week to accept letters for kidnapped IDF reservists Ehud Goldwasser and Eldad Regev.
According to a report published Friday in Yediot Aharonot, the letters had been given to Red Cross representatives along with four letters written by Hizbullah prisoners in Israeli custody. The latter were accepted by Hizbullah leader Nabil Kauk.
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"We won't take the letters for the Israelis, because doing so could be seen as proof of their fate - whether they're alive or dead. We won't give out any information at this point," a senior Hizbullah official said.
On Wednesday, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said that Russian intelligence indicated that Regev and Goldwasser were in good physical condition.
The foreign minister made his comments during a visit by an Israeli delegation, led by MKs Ya'acov Margi (Shas) and Yisrael Hasson (Israel Beiteinu), to Strasburg. Goldwasser's wife, Karnit, was also part of the delegation.
According to Lavrov, Russia was making great efforts to gather intelligence on Goldwasser and Regev from Syria and Iran, and would pass on any information obtained to Prime Minister Ehud Olmert.