Sunday, July 03, 2005

Hizbullah Offers $100,000 for Israeli Soldier

Middle East Newsline:
The Iranian-sponsored Hizbullah has offered $100,000 for the abduction of an Israeli soldier. Israeli security sources said Hizbullah has relayed its offer to Palestinian insurgency groups in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. The sources said the abduction of Israeli soldiers has become a priority for Hizbullah, which seeks to win the release of thousands of Palestinian prisoners.

"It has become a major impetus for terrorist groups," a security source said.

On June 30, the Fatah-dominated Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigades announced the capture of two Israeli soldiers. The Fatah insurgents told a news conference in Gaza City that the soldiers were captured in the northern West Bank city of Nablus.