Former inmates at the notorious Khiam prison in the former Israeli-occupied south Lebanon have returned to stage a sit-in.
The hilltop prison was the scene of some of the most notorious massacres and torture sessions of the Lebanese Civil War. It was run by members of the Israeli proxy ‘South Lebanon Army’. Most SLA members are now living in Israel.
But Parliament is now discussing their return.
200 former prisoners, some of whom were presumed dead, returned to the prison carrying photographs of inmates killed by the Israeli occupiers.
“Those collaborators … who chose to flee with the Israeli enemy made the choice with their own will because they were involved in the blood and killings and tortures. They are condemned, internationally and locally,” – the words of Atallah Hammoud, the group’s spokesman.
7000 SLA members fled to other countries after the collapse of the Israeli occupation in the year 2000. 4000 have since returned, and 3000 have been sentenced to long prison terms by a Beirut Military Court for collaborating with Israel.
80 have been sentenced to death in absentia for murder.