Prisoners to wear military clothing on Lebanese territory
A Hezbollah official said Wednesday that the prisoners expected to be released by Israel as part of a prisoner swap deal between the Islamic group and the Jewish state would wear military clothes when they enter Lebanon, reported dpa.
"As soon as the prisoners enter the Lebanese territories, they will wear military fatigues and put the Lebanese flags on them," said the official, who requested anonymity.
"They will receive a red-carpet welcome at the Naqoura crossing and will be greeted by a group of Hezbollah comrades," the official added.
Hezbollah chief Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah is to be represented at the Naqoura crossing by Hezbollah politburo member Ibrahim Amin al-Seyyed and Wafik Safa, the group's swap coordinator.
According to Hezbollah sources, the five Lebanese prisoners have arrived at the Israeli side of the border crossing.
Lebanese Army intelligence officers told Deutsche Presse-Agentur dpa at the scene that the prisoners were to enter Lebanon by noon (0900 GMT).
Israeli soldiers who were captured in 2006 by Hezbollah would be handed over to the International Committee of the Red Cross within the coming hour, the sources said.
According to Lebanese sources, the Israelis refrained from driving the convoy of Samir Kuntar, one of the released Hezbollah prisoners, through the northern Israeli settlement of Nahariyeh, where he carried out a bloody attack against Israel in 1979.