The incident triggered a fierce month-long war with Israel, which ended in a ceasefire.Having survived a massive military onslaught, Hezbollah declared victory, enhancing its reputation among many in the Arab world.
Hezbollah has always sought to further an Islamic way of life.
The party was long supported by Iran, which provided it with arms and money.
Passionate and demanding Hezbollah also adopted the tactic of taking Western hostages, through a number of freelance hostage taking cells.
All victims were working as crew members aboard two cargo ships when they were captured by Abu Sayyaf militants.
One incident happened last February, the other in November 2016.