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Two Israeli soldiers abducted by Hezbollah last year reportedly have been handed over to Iran.

The London-based newspaper Asharq al-Awsat reported Sunday that Ehud Goldwasser and Eldad Regev, who were seized in June 2006, have been transferred from Lebanon to Iran via a third country. Iran is Hezbollah’s chief sponsor.

Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert’s office denied the report. Israeli officials did not provide further details.

Karmit Goldwasser, Ehud’s wife, told Israel Radio that U.N.-mediated negotiations for the soldiers’ release are well under way. She had no details on their condition.

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