A total of fifty-nine Syrian, Lebanese and Israeli prisoners of war were exchanged on the Golan Heights-Syria and Israeli-Lebanese borders on Sunday (3 June).
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LS Lebanese POW's into Red Cross vehicle & away (3 shots)
SV Syrians across border
SV Man waving Red Cross flag
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SV Israeli POW's arrive & greeted by friends (2 shots)
CU Dayan greeting POW's
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CU POW's talking to Dayan
CU Israeli POW greeted by wife & friends (3 shots)
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Background: A total of fifty-nine Syrian, Lebanese and Israeli prisoners of war were exchanged on the Golan Heights-Syria and Israeli-Lebanese borders on Sunday (3 June).
Three Israeli pilots held by Syria for three years were repatriated in exchange for 46 Syrian POW's and ten Lebanese. The three countries now hold no prisoners of each other's nationality.
The exchange has long been under negotiation and was arranged by representatives of the International Red Cross. Five of the Syrian prisoners were officers, including one General and two Lieutenant-Colonels of Syrian Air Force Intelligence.
Israeli Defence Minister Moshe Dayan was at the border to welcome the returned pilots -- who later claimed that they had been tortured by their Syrian captors. In a statement to pressmen, the Defence Minister said that he hoped Sunday's exchanges would lead to further exchanges -- of ten Israeli prisoners in Egypt and 56 Egyptians held in Israel.