Freed Militants Vow to Continue Fight With Israel

Fighters aim to follow steps of 'martyred' Hezbollah leader
By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 17, 2008 2:30 PM CDT
UN soldiers salute as a tractor-trailer loaded with coffins of nearly 200 Lebanese and Palestinian fighters arrives in the southern city of Tyre, Lebanon, today.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – A day after being freed in a prisoner exchange, Hezbollah fighters vowed to continue to fight Israel as they prayed at the grave of a fallen commander, the AP reports. “At this moment, I am yearning more than before to confront them,” Samir Qantar, who had been jailed in Israel for almost 30 years, said at a cemetery near Beirut.

Israel, meanwhile, blasted the welcome accorded the freed militants. "Qantar is a brutal child murderer," a spokesman said, "who instead of being rejected upon his return was cheered and greeted like a rock star and this is disgusting and deplorable."