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Elderly Lebanese repatriated from Israel by Red Cross

Vehicles wait to transport the president of the ICRC for a meeting with Syria's President Assad in Damascus, September 4, 2012. (REUTERS/Khaled al-Hariri)

BEIRUT: The International Committee of the Red Cross Thursday repatriated three elderly Lebanese from Israel through the border crossing of Naqoura in south Lebanon, according to the National News Agency (NNA).

Acting as a neutral intermediary between Lebanon and Israel, the international humanitarian organization has helped in the repatriation of many Lebanese citizens who had fled south Lebanon to Israel, following the withdrawal of Israel from Lebanese territory in 2000 after their 20-year-long occupation.

Thursday’s returnees included two women and a man, identified as Georgette Boulos Ghafari from Alma Shaab, and Hanna Hashem and Farida Hashem from Ibel, according to the NNA.

There is no official figure of the Lebanese living in Israel though the number is believed to be in the several thousands, mostly former militiamen of the South Lebanon Army and their families.

 

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