Lebanese Hizbollah denies Iranians among its fighters


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  • Thursday, 10 Aug 2006

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Hizbollah denied on Thursday that Iranian fighters were among its guerrillas battling Israeli forces in southern Lebanon. 

"Hizbollah categorically denies the lies and claims that the enemy is promoting that Iranian fighters are present in the confrontations with the occupation forces," the Lebanese guerrilla group said in a statement faxed to Reuters. 

Israel's Channel 10 television quoted diplomatic sources as saying that dead Iranian fighters had been identified in Lebanon by documents found on their bodies, but gave no further details on how many were discovered or when. 

The Israeli military had no immediate comment. Iran, like fellow Hizbollah patron Syria, insists it gives only moral support to the Shi'ite Muslim group. 

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