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Wednesday, 9 August, 2000, 18:44 GMT 19:44 UK
In pictures: Lebanese troops return
Lebanese troops and police have been given a rousing welcome by residents of southern Lebanon as they returned to territory lost to the Israelis more than 20 years ago. Israel pulled out in May.

Woman civilian welcomes a tank carrying Lebanese soldiers
The returning troops were given a hero's welcome, as about 1,000 tanks drove into southern Lebanon.

Woman kisses Lebanese soldier
Lebanese people did not hold back from showing their joy. Their villages had been Israeli-occupied since 1978.

Civilians throw rice to welcome Lebanese forces
Residents showered the troops with rose petals and rice. "We spent all night waiting for them," said one.

Tank carrying Lebanese troops passes by a UN peace-keeping solider
United Nations peacekeepers have been in the area for a week; tensions remain between Lebanon and Israel.

A Lebanese man hurls stones over the Israel-Lebanon border fence near the Fatma gate
At the weekend Israeli troops shot at Lebanese civilians throwing stones over the border. Four were injured.

Troops pass by banner showing Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah
Reports say there was little sign of Hezbollah fighters, despite banners of their leader Hassan Nasrallah.

Lebanese troops on border with Israel
The Lebanese re-occupation was a symbolic moment, as troops took up their patrol duties.

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