Head of Lebanese terrorist's village: We're preparing for Kuntar's homecoming Sunday
Kuntar, jailed in Israel for 1979 terror attack, rumored to be soon exchanged with Hezbollah for captive IDF soldiers.
The head of the village Aabey, the birthplace of Lebanese terrorist Samir Kuntar, said Thursday that the preparations for the celebration marking Kuntar's return have been completed, and that the celebration will likely be held on Sunday, barring last minute complications.
Kuntar, a Lebanese Druze, has been jailed in Israel since perpetrating a terror attack in Nahariya in 1979, in which four Israelis were killed. Kuntar has been at the center of a speculated prisoner exchange deal between Israel and the Lebanon-based guerilla group Hezbollah, in which two Israel Defense Forces soldier held captive by Hezbollah since 2006 are expected to be returned to Israel.
Village leader Nazih Hamzah made his remarks in an interview posted Thursday on the Nazareth-based newspaper A-Sinara's website. Hamzah's comments are another possible indication that the prisoner exchange deal is imminent.
Kuntar's brother and his attorney have stressed that the information they have received points to the deal being done, and that the prisoner exchange will take place within days.
Hamzah said that Kuntar will be received upon his release in the southern Beirut neighborhood Dahiya - a Hezbollah stronghold - and will be met there by Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah. He will later come to Aabey, where the celebrations will commence.