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Israeli officials dismissed a Lebanese newspaper report that one of the two Israeli soldiers taken captive last summer by Hezbollah is dead.

Saturday’s report in the An-Nahar newspaper quoted anonymous German diplomatic sources who said Lebanon’ s Free Patriotic Movement leader Michael Aoun told them one of the soldiers is dead. Aoun reportedly did not identify which of the two soldiers, Eldad Regev and Ehud Goldwasser, was alive. Their abductions on July 12, 2006 sparked last summer’s war between Hezbollah and Israel.

On Sunday, Israeli President Shimon Peres said Israel’s position is that both reservists are alive.

Family members of the captive soldiers dismissed the newspaper report, saying they were used to such attempts to play with their emotions.

“This report isn’t worthy anything to me,” Karnit Goldwasser told Army Radio. “They can’t play with my feelings.”

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