Relatives of the captive soldiers offer condolences to the father of Bazzal and Mufti of Baalbek and Hermel Sheikh Khaled Solh at the Shiite religious center in Bazzalieh.
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Qatar ended its mediation of Lebanon's hostage crisis Sunday after the killing of Lebanese policeman Ali Bazzal, as the Lebanese government struggled to contain the fallout of the murder and anger mounted among the families of the 25 remaining captives.A concise statement, issued after an emergency meeting of the crisis cell Saturday evening, said the committee took "necessary decisions" and reiterated that the government and the Lebanese were united in the fight to release the abducted servicemen and safeguard Lebanon's security.The families have been camped outside the Grand Serail in Downtown Beirut over the last two months to pressure the government to negotiate the release of the servicemen.Hours after the Nusra Front announced in a tweet that it had executed Bazzal, residents of Bazzalieh kidnapped three men near the town.Syrian refugee tents were also burned in the village of Mashha in Akkar early Saturday, after a statement was issued by local residents demanding Syrians leave the village.
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