Hezbollah’s leader, Hassan Nasrallah, said he is in talks with Israel via a U.N. mediator to negotiate a prisoner swap. The U.N. Security Council resolution that ended the monthlong conflict in Lebanon, during which more that 1,200 people died, called for the unconditional release of the soldiers whose capture ignited the war.


Hezbollah’s capture of two Israeli soldiers in July, and killing of eight others, sparked 34 days of fighting.

A UN-brokered truce ended the conflict, in which more than 1,200 people died.

“They are serious negotiations… this issue is on track. We are moving ahead,” Sheikh Nasrallah told Hezbollah’s TV station.

“We have reached a stage of exchanging ideas, proposals or conditions.”

He refused to speculate on how long it could take to reach a deal, saying only it depended on “the nature of the negotiations”.

Israel has so far made no comment on the issue.



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