- The Washington Times - Wednesday, July 16, 2008

A look at five Lebanese prisoners freed by Israel on Wednesday as part of an exchange deal with Hezbollah:

SAMIR KANTAR _ Born on July 20, 1952. Kantar was serving multiple life terms for a 1979 attack in the northern Israeli coastal town of Nahariya in which a policeman and a man and his 4-year-old daughter were killed.

Prosecutors said he killed the girl by bashing her head with a rifle. Kantar denies this, saying the girl was killed in crossfire. As the attack unfolded, the child’s mother hid in a crawl space and accidentally smothered her 2-year-old daughter while trying to muffle her cries.

Two other guerrillas were killed in a shootout with police. A third was convicted, but freed in the 1980s as part of a prisoner swap. Kantar was a member of the radical Palestine Liberation Front.

MAHER KOURANI _ Hezbollah guerrilla born in 1981 in the southern village of Yater. He is married and has a son born after his capture. His family named the boy Hassan after the Hezbollah leader. Kourani was captured by Israeli troops on July 29, 2006, in the southern town of Shiheen near Naqoura.

HUSSEIN SULEIMAN _ Hezbollah guerrilla born in 1985 in the coastal region of Byblos. He was captured during the 34-day Israel-Hezbollah war in 2006.

KHADER ZEIDAN _ Hezbollah guerrilla born in 1982 in the southern town of Marwaniyeh. He was captured by Israeli troops in the nearby village of Ghandouriyeh during the 2006 war.

MOHAMMED SUROUR _ Hezbollah guerrilla born in 1987. He comes from the border village of Aita al-Shaab where Hezbollah guerrillas crossed into Israel on July 12, 2006, and captured two Israeli soldiers whose bodies were returned Wednesday. He was captured during the 2006 Israel-Hezbollah war.

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