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Last Updated: Friday, 30 January, 2004, 00:47 GMT
In pictures: Mid-East homecoming
Hezbollah supporters
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Hezbollah supporters greeted the return to Lebanon of militants freed under a prisoner exchange with Israel.
Sheik Abdel Karim Obeid, a Hezbollah leader (centre), shakes hands with his supporters during a rally in Beirut
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Sheikh Obeid, a leader of the Lebanese Hezbollah, was one high-profile prisoner welcomed by supporters in Beirut.
Mustafa Dirani, a leader of Hezbollah (right) is escorted by a Hezbollah security, Beirut
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Also freed was senior Hezbollah member Mustafa Dirani, captured by Israel in 1994.
Hezbollah leader Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah speaks during a mass rally, Beirut
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The releases appear to have boosted the position of Hezbollah leader Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah among Arabs.
Israeli soldiers carry the coffins of three dead Israeli soldiers, returned by Hezbollah
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Under the swap, the remains of three Israeli soldiers killed in Lebanon in 2000 were returned to Israel.
Israeli soldiers carry the coffins of three dead Israeli soldiers, returned by Hezbollah
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The flag-draped coffins arrived in Tel Aviv from Germany, where the prisoner exchange took place.
Israeli businessman Elhanan Tannenbaum
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A kidnapped Israeli businessman, Elhanan Tannenbaum, was also freed by Hezbollah but may now face legal action.
Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon stands near the coffins of the three dead soldiers, Tel Aviv, 29 January 2004
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Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon led a memorial ceremony in Tel Aviv for the three Israeli soldiers.
Family members (left) reach for Palestinians released from Israeli prisons, near the West Bank town of Ramallah
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Israel also freed about 400 Palestinians, who received a warm welcome in Gaza and the West Bank.

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