File - Families of Lebanese servicemen held hostage by Islamist militants block a Beirut road. (The Daily Star/ Hasan Shaaban)
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Lebanon is waiting for a response from Turkey on whether it was willing to join efforts to free the 25 Lebanese servicemen held hostage by Islamist militants on the Syria border, a senior security source said Monday.The source told The Daily Star that security authorities sent a letter to Ankara about 10 days ago asking for help in the hostage crisis, but Turkish officials have not yet responded. "They will continue to blackmail Lebanon and the hostage families through this precious card".The source said the kidnappers had no explicit demands, adding that information that they seek to swap the hostages with prisoners in Lebanese jails was inaccurate. On Progressive Socialist Party leader MP Walid Jumblatt's remarks about "serious efforts" made by the captors that will likely end the hostage ordeal, the source said a similar proposal made earlier by PSP minister Wael Abu Faour had been rejected.
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