Relatives of the kidnapped soldiers chant slogans during a demonstration in front the Grand Serail in Beirut, Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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The Cabinet Thursday granted Prime Minister Tammam Salam full mandate to negotiate "by all available means" the release of Lebanese soldiers and policemen held captive by ISIS and the Nusra Front, but stopped short of endorsing a swap deal with the militants, as demanded by the hostages' families.The Cabinet did not discuss the divisive issue of building a camp for Syrian refugees outside the Bekaa town of Arsal, as demanded by Interior Minister Nouhad Machnouk.The issue of the captured soldiers dominated the Cabinet's discussions for more than four hours.Salam, according to Joreige, said he was pursuing the hostage crisis day and night with the interior minister and General Security chief Maj. Gen. Abbas Ibrahim.Ministerial sources said the Cabinet had discussed all options to secure the release of the hostages, but would not release any details. The Nusra Front Thursday denied having pledged to stop executing Lebanese hostages.
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