The road near the Grand Serail reopened, Tuesday, Dec. 23, 2014. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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Families of 25 Lebanese servicemen being held hostage by Islamist militants announced Tuesday that they have reopened a critical road in Downtown Beirut, as jihadis pitched a fresh offer to the Lebanese government, ministerial sources said. Speaking after a meeting with Health Minister Wael Abu Faour and Prime Minister Tammam Salam in the Grand Serail Tuesday, the families' spokesperson said the decision came after the families sensed the government was beginning to take the issue of freeing the captives seriously. Salam, according to the sources, said the government would respond to the offer on the condition that the families' camp is dismantled.Abu Faour was only able to convince the families to reopen the vital road near the Grand Serail, the sources said, adding that Fliti would now convey the government's response to the militants' offer.
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