Hizbollah Promises to Free Prisoners in Israel by 'any Means'
Lebanese Hizbollah movement has vowed to use "any means" to free two prisoners held in Israeli jails, according to a statement published Friday.
The vow follows the Wednesday's decision by a Tel Aviv court to extend by three months the administrative detention of two Lebanese Shiite Muslim leaders, Sheikh Abdel Karim Obeid and Mustapha Dirani, abducted from Lebanon by Israeli commandos.
Sheikh Obeid was seized 11 years ago, and Dirani six years ago.
The men are being held as bargaining chips in an attempt to obtain information about the fate of Ron Arad, an Israeli airman captured during fighting in Lebanon.
In a statement published in Beirut, Hizbollah said it would "work by any means to liberate those two leaders as well as all those held in the prisons of the Israeli enemy."
Separately, families of Lebanese prisoners held in Israel organized a sit-in Friday at the Fatima Gate border crossing into Israel, an AFP correspondent witnessed.
Marking the "Day of the Prisoner," held in Lebanon every July 14, dozens of people moved up to the barbed wire separating the two countries carrying placards with the names of those detained and set loose balloons that also carried their names.
Some 20 Lebanese remain in Israeli jails - BEIRUT (AFP)
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