With the swap of corpses completed, attention switches to the Kfar Falous crossing near Sidon today for the arrival of 60 Lebanese prisoners who are expected to be released to the authorities this morning.
In preparation for the final phase of the exchange, army units reinforced their positions in Lebaa, next to the crossing, in preparation to receive ten detainees held in Israeli prisons and 50 from Khiam prison.
The exchange is the first to be conducted at the crossing since Kfar Falous was re-opened last December.
Residents of the Jezzine enclave passing through Kfar Falous yesterday said South Lebanon Army militiamen were reinforcing the Mashnaqa post with sandbags at the Sfarai entrance of the crossing.
The witnesses said the SLA cleared 200metres2 near the crossing for the buses that will carry the freed detainees.
Security sources said the operation would be carried out in two stages. A Red Cross bus will take the freed detainees from Khiam to Kfar Falous while an ambulance will transport separately those released from Israeli prisons.
In Aabra village on the Kfar Falous road, Hizbullah raised banners reading: “Freedom returned with our liberated detainees,” and “Our martyrs and prisoners are the symbols of our struggle and victory.”