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Nasrallah: prisoners swap closes chapter of 2006 war
Last Updated(Beijing Time):2008-07-17 14:55
Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah said on Wednesday evening that the prisoner swap conducted earlier this day with Israel "closed chapter of the 2006 war."

Personnel from the Islamic Health Committee linked to Hezbollah unload coffins containing the remains of Hezbollah and Palestinian fighters from a Red Cross truck at the southern Lebanese border July 16, 2008. (Xinhua/Reuters Photo)

Personnel from the Islamic Health Committee linked to Hezbollah unload coffins containing the remains of Hezbollah and Palestinian fighters from a Red Cross truck at the southern Lebanese border July 16, 2008. (Xinhua/Reuters Photo)


Nasrallah delivered the speech via large screens to the tens of thousands of his supporters who had gathered for the celebrations for released prisoners in southern Beirut.

He expressed warm welcome to all the five returning Lebanese prisoners, terming the prisoners swap as a victory.

Personnel from the Islamic Health Committee linked to Hezbollah stand next to coffins containing the remains of Hezbollah and Palestinian fighters from a Red Cross truck at the southern Lebanese border July 16, 2008. (Xinhua/Reuters Photo)

Personnel from the Islamic Health Committee linked to Hezbollah stand next to coffins containing the remains of Hezbollah and Palestinian fighters from a Red Cross truck at the southern Lebanese border July 16, 2008. (Xinhua/Reuters Photo)


Earlier, Nasrallah made a rare appearance at the public celebration and made a brief statement when he hugged and kissed the prisoners. But he pulled out of the ceremony for security reasons to give his speech later.

He said "as I promised in 2000, time of defeat is over and time of victories has come."

"This people can never be defeated," he added.

Source:Xinhuanet 
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