Reference : V-P-LB-N-00275-21A
Date : 21/07/1996
Country/Region : LEBANON
Caption : South of Lebanon. Kfartibnit. ICRC convoy of trucks carrying dead bodies handed over by Israel.
Photographer : NAAMANI, Marwan
Confidentiality level : public
Publication restrictions : publication without restrictions
Copyright : ICRC
Description : ICRC participated on 21 July 1996 in the repatriation of mortal remains and the release of prisoners in the hands of the State of Israel, the South Lebanon Army and Hezbollah. The operation was conducted further to an agreement negotiated under the auspices of the government of the Federal Republic of Germany.

Hezbollah handed over the mortal remains of two Israeli servicemen to th ICRC in the Lebanese capital Beyrouth on Sunday morning. The remains were transferred to the airport and then flown to Israel aboard an aircraft supplied by the government of the Federal Republic of Germany.

For their part the Israeli authorities, in coordination with the South Lebanon Army, handed over the mortal remains of 123 persons, including Hezbollah combatants, to the ICRC. The bodies were taken from northern Israel and from Marjayoun in
southern Lebanon to the village of Kfartibnit, where they were given into the care of Hezbollah.

During the same operation Hezbollah freed 17 prisoners, while persons were released from the Khiam detention centre.

All the prisoners released were interviewed by ICRC delegates without witnesses and given the opportunity to state the destination of their choice.
Original material : negative
Resolution : 2277x3500
Orientation : portrait
Colour/B&W : colour