Msheik looks at her newborn, Mohammad, at a hospital in Baalbek. (The Daily Star/Nidal Solh)
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The wife of a soldier held by Islamist militants gave birth to their child Tuesday, as the issue of involving Syria in negotiations to free him and 26 other servicemen has stalled, according to a well-acquainted source. Three months after his abduction, the wife of Abbas Msheik, who is among the 27 hostages held by the Nusra Front and ISIS, delivered a baby boy Tuesday morning at the Dar al-Amal Hospital in Baalbek. It included either releasing 10 Islamist detainees from prison per captive; releasing seven and requesting that the Syrian government free 30 female prisoners per captive; or releasing five detainees in Lebanon and 50 Syrian prisoners per captive.The Syrian government has set conditions for helping secure the release of the captives, Al-Liwaa newspaper said Tuesday, citing diplomatic sources.However, a ministerial source, speaking to Al-Liwaa, voiced doubt that the Lebanese government would respond to the Syrian terms.
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