Relatives of the kidnapped soldiers attend a protest calling for their release in front of the Grand Serail in Beirut, Sunday, Dec. 14, 2014. (The Daily Star/Hasan Shaaban)
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A new set of alleged demands to free servicemen held by ISIS relayed by an unofficial mediator Tuesday are "impossible" to meet if they are indeed authentic, a security source told The Daily Star.The demands, which include establishing a safe zone from the outskirts of Arsal to Tfail for Syrian refugees, were relayed by informal mediator Sheikh Wissam al-Masri, whose status as an intermediary was questioned by the families of the captives. Amid a wave of skepticism and frustration from the families of 25 Lebanese hostages held by the Nusra Front and ISIS, the rumored mediator, Masri, who claims to be negotiating with ISIS, publicly announced Tuesday the demands allegedly relayed to him by the jihadi group.One of the conditions required the Lebanese Army to open a passage to Wadi Hmayyed, Masri later told The Daily Star, adding that ISIS was not calling for the removal of checkpoints, but was demanding that the military open roads to the outskirts.Haidar also opposed the alleged demands by ISIS, specifically that Lebanon create safe zone for refugees.Haidar quoted Fliti as saying.
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