VIDEO - Reports that two Israeli soldiers were kidnapped by Hizbullah in a cross-border attack sent hundreds of joyous Shiite Lebanese and Palestinian refugees to the streets of Beirut and other Lebanese cities.
In the Ain El-Hilwe refugee camp near Sidon, Palestinian refugees celebrated for an hour firing fireworks and gunshots into the air.
Youngsters wearing yellow shirts, the color of Hizbullah's flag, handed out sweets to passersby shouting, "Live Hizbullah!" and "Death to Israel," AFP reported.
At the Bur el-Bureij refugee camp near Beirut's International Airport, hundreds of Palestinian and Lebanese supporters of Hizbullah gathered to celebrate the news.
Hizbullah supporters lighting fireworks in Beirut (Photo: Reuters)
"The Israelis didn't want to exchange Palestinian prisoners in return for the soldier kidnapped in Gaza so Hizbullah adopted the Palestinian resistance's demand for negotiations," they said.
Eyewitnesses in the Gaza Strip said Palestinians took to the streets of Gaza City and the Jabaliya refugee camp to celebrate the kidnapping.
Residents hoped the kidnapping would bring about the release of Palestinian prisoners from Israeli jails.
The celebrations kicked off soon after Hizbullah said it kidnapped two soldiers which are being held in a secure place.
The kidnapping was carried out in a coordinated attack that involved mortar fire, anti-tank missiles and heavy gunfire.
Soon after the attack IDF forces entered south Lebanon to search for the soldiers.
The air force and navy targeted bridges and other strategic sites in south Lebanon in response. Two Lebanese civilians were killed in the attacks.
AFP contributed to this report