Second Lebanese War

Paratrooper thanks pilot who risked all to save him

By Shelly Paz, June 6, 2008

Lying seriously injured in a battlefield in South Lebanon, with a bullet in his head and another in his leg, 21-year-old Israeli Staff Sergeant Gur Nedzvetsky knew that the chances of rescue were receding rapidly.

But as dawn began to break on the ninth day of the Second Lebanon War — making a landing by a rescue helicopter even riskier than usual — the sounds of an Israeli military Blackhawk hovering above him gave the young Russian-born paratrooper fresh hope.

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Progress in prisoner swap but hopes fade for soldiers

By Anshel Pfeffer, June 6, 2008

The first stage of a prisoner swap between Israel and Hizbollah took place this week amid growing fears that the two IDF soldiers captured two years ago are dead.

Hizbollah surprised Israel with a consignment of body parts, belonging to five soldiers killed during the Second Lebanon War.

The handover at Nakura on Sunday was supposed to be of convicted spy Nassim Nasser who had finished serving his six-year prison sentence in Israel.

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