Hezbollah Mutilated the Bodies of the Israeli Soldiers
It took experts several hours, checking dental records among other things, before confirming the soldiers’ identities.
The bodies of captured Israeli soldiers Ehud Goldwasser, right, and Eldad Regev were returned to Israel on Wednesday. Hezbollah had kept it a secret from the families that the soldiers were dead. Their bodies were mutilated.
As Israel buries her fallen sons, harsh questions and details are arising from the exchange which took place yesterday. According to Israeli officials, the bodies were received in a severely-damaged state which may have lengthened the confirmation of their identities. Former IDF Medical Corps and Chief Military Rabbinate officials have noted the tragic expertise Israel has gathered in years of conflict, but remained shocked by what they saw yesterday at the Rosh HaNikra border crossing.
Rabbi Yisrael Weiss, former Chief Rabbi of the IDF, who was present during the transfer of the fallen soldiers yesterday, said that “the verification process yesterday was very slow, because, if we thought the enemy was cruel to the living and the dead, we were surprised, when we opened the caskets, to discover just how cruel. And I’ll leave it at that.”
Former IDF Chief Medical Officer Brig. Gen. (reserve) Dr. Hezi Levi noted this morning that only extensive procedures could verify the exact series of events following the soldier’s capture, including whether or not a gunshot wound Regev received to the head was caused by terrorists’ “confirming the kill” of the fallen IDF soldier.
Hezbollah television also announced the the bodies of the dead Israeli soldiers had been mutilated.
Lebanon’s Al-Manar TV quoted senior Hezbollah official Wafik Safa at the border as saying the bodies of the two Israelis were in a “mutilated” shape from injuries they suffered during the 2006 cross-border raid. Israel’s Channel 10 TV cited military forensic officials as saying the identification process could take a while because the bodies were in poor condition and required DNA testing.
The soldiers’ Hezbollah captors had withheld any information about them since they were taken.
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