A Moroccan national and two Libyans released from an Israeli prison camp in southern Lebanon claim foreign nationals are being held with Palestinians.
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3. GV Red Cross car with prisoners leave camp (2 shots) 0.49
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5. SV Prisoner interviewed by Rached (FRENCH SOT) 2.51
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Background: ANSAR, LEBANON
A Moroccan national and two Libyans released from an Israeli prison camp in southern Lebanon claim foreign nationals are being held with Palestinians. The three men were set free from the Ansar detention centre near the border with Israel on December 15. The camp, which is surrounded by barbed wire fencing, is believed to hold about 6,000 prisoners, most of whom are Palestinians. The Moroccan and two Libyans were placed in the care of Red Cross officials, who took them to Beirut International Airport to start their trip home. They told Souheil Rached of Visnews that about 100 foreign civilians were still detained at the camp. One of the released men also claimed he had been tortured after his arrest. It's believed there are United Nations employees among the detainees', who also include Lebanese leftists. The Unite Nations relief agency UNRWA said at the beginning of December that 112 Palestinian members of its staff were being held at Ansar. Western diplomats believe the men in Israeli detention are reasonably well treated. However, they are concerned about other Palestinian prisoners, held by the Lebanese army. Detainees' relatives say they have heard, mostly from freed prisoners that detainees may be seriously underfed. Several hundred women calling for the release of relatives held by the Israeli and Lebanese armies, started a sit-in at the Islamic Centre in West Beirut on December 11. The women have listed more than 1,300 missing men. Some of the men have not seen since the September 16-18 massacres in West Beirut's Sabra and Shatila refugee camps.
Source: REUTERS - SOUHEIL RACHED