ISF member Medyan Omar Hassan, center in dark blue, is received by family members upon his release in Baalbek, Sunday, Aug. 17, 2014. (The Daily Star/Nidal Solh)
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Two members of the Internal Security Forces (ISF) captured by extremist militants during fighting in Arsal earlier this month were freed Sunday in a sign of "goodwill," as the Lebanese Army arrested 12 Syrians who were allegedly involved in the battles.Asiri hoped that vicious fighting between the Army and jihadists in Arsal would not spread to another Lebanese region, saying unity and cohesion among the people of Lebanon were necessary during these difficult times.Sheikh Adnan Amama, from the Muslim Scholars Committee, the group that brokered the release of the two ISF members, said that the arrest of the 12 Syrians by the Army could complicate efforts to free the other hostages.Amama said that easing harsh security measures against refugees and Arsal residents was another condition the militants had placed on the hostages' release.The release of the ISF members was without conditions, according to Arsal resident Sheikh Mustafa al-Hujeiri, who facilitated the operation.
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