Nasrallah captured!

Posted: August 22, 2006 in News & Views

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Tuesday 22 August 2006, 14:09 GMT

Hassan Nasrallah was briefly in Israel’s hands, along with three members of his family and a neighbour.

Unfortunately for the embarrassed Israelis, he was the local green grocer – not the head of Lebanon’s Hezbollah group.

Leah Tzemel, the Israeli lawyer who obtained their release on Monday, said Israel had snatched the four Nasrallahs and their neighbour on August 1 in a commando raid in the Hezbollah stronghold of Baalbek in northeastern Lebanon.

The army apparently believed he was related to Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah and could be used to pressure the leader.

Tzemel said: “He [the grocer] was brought here and interrogated and very quickly they understood that they were taken for no reason.

“Then they [the Israeli authorities] just put them in jail and held them.”

The Israeli military had no immediate comment.

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