According to Israel’s military, the human remains handed over by Hezbollah, were those of five Israeli soldiers, killed in the 2006 war with the Lebanese movement.
Four had died when their helicopter was shot down, two days before the conflict ended, added military sources. And the fifth was killed by an anti-tank missile in a separate incident.
The remains were delivered by Hezbollah, after Israel released a Lebanese-born man, Nissim Nasser, incarcerated during six years in Israel, for spying for Hezbollah.
“The remains have been given to the families of the fallen soldiers from the summer 2006 war waged against Hezbollah and will be buried” said an army spokesman, late on Monday.
The box of body parts were handed over to the international Red Cross, without specifying the numbers involved, as Nissim Nasser was released.
Hezbollah may have been holding the remains of 10 soldiers who died in the fighting, said Israeli media.
While Israel denied that the deportation of Nissim Nasser was part of any wider deal, the Hezbollah made no comment about the exchange.