Hizbullah has provided Israel with exact information on the fate of kidnapped troops Ehud Goldwasser and Eldad Regev as part of the exchange of bodies and the release of a Hizbullah prisoner carried out at the Nakura crossings two days ago, according to the Saudi newspaper Al-Watan.
On Monday, Israel received the body of Gabriel Dwait in exchange for the release of a Lebanese prisoner and the transfer of the bodies of two Hizbullah terrorists.
On Tuesday, during a speech broadcast on the Al Manar television network, Hassan Nasrallah said advancements were made in negotiations over an exchange of the captive soldiers and prisoners. He admitted that he recently gave Israel "some sort of information".
On Wednesday morning, Al-Watan said that the information, sent via international intermediaries, concerned Goldwasser and Regev. It was also reported that Nasrallah passed on information, not disclosed, regarding Ron Arad, the missing Israeli navigator.
Al Watan added that the information supplied during the deal satisfied the Israeli side during negotiations, and that the general lines of the apparatus for "the big deal" potentially coming up have been agreed: In exchange for Goldwasser and Regev, Israel will release nine Lebanese prisoners and an unknown number of Palestinian and Arab prisoners.
Families of the hostages are of course closely monitoring every development and public expression.
Eldad Regev's brother, Benny, said he hoped that Nasrallah's recent comments were accurate, but added that the comments were insufficient.
"In my opinion, progress should be accompanied by something tangible, like the possibility of a Red Cross visit, or the transfer of reliable information on the captives' condition," he said.