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Father of Missing Soldier Says Son May Be in Lebanon

Thirteen years after the Lebanon war, the father of a missing soldier has said his son and two other missing servicemen could be alive, held by Lebanese villagers working for Syria.

Yona Baumel, father of Zachary Baumel, said some of the information was less than a month old.

Baumel spoke recently at a news conference in Jerusalem, marking the anniversary of the battle in which his son and two other soldiers, Zvi Feldman and Yehuda Katz, were believed to have been captured.

‘According to our information, the boys are being held by the Lebanese, in Lebanese villages, but under the supervision of the Syrians,” Baumel said. He would not elaborate, saying he did not want to endanger the sources.

He added that for the first time, a Jordanian witness to the capture of the Israel Defense Force soldiers has agreed to come to Israel and publicly talk about what he saw.

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