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March 22, 2006
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Hezbollah pledged to secure the release of Lebanese jailed in Israel. “The day or night will come when we will fulfill our promise to the detainees and return them to freedom,” Hezbollah chief Sheik Hassan Nasrallah said in a Beirut speech Monday. In 2004, Israel freed hundreds of Arab security prisoners, including several Lebanese, in exchange for the repatriation of an Israeli hostage held by Hezbollah and the bodies of three Israeli soldiers killed in a border ambush. But a leading Lebanese terrorist remains jailed in Israel, where security sources say his release could be contingent on Hezbollah supplying information on the whereabouts of missing Israeli airman Ron Arad.

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