Relatives of the kidnapped soldiers burn tires near the Grand Serail in Beirut, Monday, Dec. 1, 2014. (The Daily Star/Hasan Shaaban)
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An influential sheikh and unofficial negotiator Mustafa Hujeiri warned Monday that the Nusra Front may carry out the execution of one of 26 Lebanese captives in a matter of hours, as the families of the captives closed off the northen entrance to Beirut to protest the news.According to the Arsal sheikh, a violation of the agreement that delayed the execution of captive Ali Bazzal would make way for the captors to go through with the killing.In an agreement brokered with the Nusra Front Friday, the Lebanese government was set to carry out its first swap deal in return for one of the captives that should have been released today, he said. The negotiations, which went on till past midnight Friday, resulted in a decision to hold off on the execution on the condition that a swap deal would be carried out within days, Hujeiri said.
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