Salam said it was important to speak with Berri if someone wants to find solutions to the crises. (The Daily Star/Lebanese Parliament, HO)
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Prime Minister Tammam Salam launched a scathing attack at politicians and the media for "shamefully" politicizing the Arsal hostage crisis, warning that their irresponsible words and actions could further endanger the soldiers and policemen.The hostage crisis is expected to top Thursday's Cabinet session, where ministers will discuss pressing political and security issues from its 60-item agenda.Gen. Abbas Ibrahim with following up on the case of 29 soldiers and security personnel snatched during clashes with Islamist militants in the Bekaa Valley town earlier this month.The Nusra Front is said to be holding three soldiers and 15 policemen out of the 29 security personnel held hostage by the militant groups. ISIS is holding the 11 others and a corpse of a deceased soldier. The militants have so far released eight security personnel – five policemen and three soldiers. The prime minister and Berri also discussed possible solutions to end the deadlock over the presidential election and pave the way for parliamentary polls, Salam said.
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