Lebanon hostages said to be alive


Israel received an indirect assurance that its two soldiers held by Hezbollah are alive.

French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner, whose country hosted representatives from the Lebanese militia last week, indicated Sunday that the condition of Eldad Regev and Ehud Goldwasser had been discussed.

“It is my understanding that the two soldiers are alive,” Kouchner told reporters. “I raised the subject with the Hezbollah
representatives. They told me that the talks on a prisoner swap are in an advanced stage.”

Israel has said that the two army reservists were likely wounded when they were abducted by Hezbollah guerrillas in a July 12, 2006 border raid. Hezbollah, which has demanded that Israel released hundreds of Arab prisoners in exchange for the hostages, has refused to give
details on their state of health.

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