Relatives of the kidnapped soldiers burn tires outside the government’s Serail in Beirut’s downtown district, Monday, Nov. 17, 2014. (The Daily Star/Khalil Hassan)
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Families of captive servicemen have re-opened roads across Lebanon after receiving assurances that ISIS will not behead the seven hostages it threatened to kill Monday.ISIS had given 4 p.m. as ultimatum for the Lebanese government to revoke death sentences handed down to Islamists in Roumieh Prison, threatening to execute seven captives.Politicians, however, cannot reduce the sentences of Islamists detained in Roumieh since that authority belongs to the judiciary, Machnouk said.The Judiciary Council has issued life sentences with hard labor against five Islamist prisoners in Roumieh, including Saudi prisoners, judicial sources said Monday.However, ISIS was informed of the rulings and issued threats to kill the servicemen Sunday, the judicial sources said.ISIS and Nusra Front are still holding 27 hostages abducted during clashes with the Army in the border town of Arsal in August.
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