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Committee obtains video of captive Lebanese soldiers: sources

Lebanese troops stand guard in a street on August 9, 2014 in the eastern Lebanese town of Arsal, on the border with Syria, a day after the Lebanese army began deploying into the town, after a group of Sunni clerics negotiated a truce that saw jihadists withdraw after days of clashes. AFP PHOTO / STR

BEIRUT: The Committee of Muslim Scholars have handed Prime Minister Tammam Salam a video showing some of the kidnapped soldiers being held hostage by Islamist militants who fought the Army during a five-day battle in the Arsal border region, sources close to the PM told The Daily Star Wednesday.

The footage showed seven of the soldiers who were captured during the battle, which began on Aug. 2 following the Army's arrest of prominent Syrian commander Imad Jomaa.

Militants abducted at least 20 security personnel, including members of the Internal Security Forces who were taken hostage when gunmen stormed a police station in Arsal at the start of the clashes.

The committee, comprised of Sunni sheikhs, was responsible for negotiating a cease-fire that ended the fighting and allowed Islamists to withdraw from Arsal. It is in negotiations for the release of the Lebanese hostages.

Voice of Lebanon Radio Station identified the soldiers who appeared in the video as Abdel-Rahim Diab, Khaled Moqbel Hasan, Ali Sayyed, Hussein Mahmoud Ammar, Ali Zeid al-Masri, Seif Hasan Zabyan and Mustafa Wehbe.





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