Israel Distributes ID Cards to Former South Lebanon Army Members

Published June 28th, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

Israel began distributing identity cards Tuesday to members of the pro-Israeli South Lebanon Army, who fled to the country last month when Israel's forces pulled out of Lebanon, the interior ministry said. 

"We started to distribute some 5,000 temporary identification cards to ex-members of the SLA and their families," the interior ministry said in a statement. 

Some 6,000 mostly Christian Lebanese crossed into Israel during the Jewish state's pullout from south Lebanon for fear of reprisals by Hizbollah group and prosecution by the government. 

Lebanese military courts have been holding marathon sessions three times a week since June 5th to try more than 2,200 Lebanese suspected of having collaborated with Israel. 

Israel has given the SLA refugees visas enabling them to work in the Jewish state, obtain social security and health insurance benefits and has pledged to offer citizenship to those who want it. 

Many of the refugees hope to be resettled in Europe or North America - OCCUPIED JERUSALEM (AFP) 

 

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