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Protests across Lebanon over missing soldiers

Families of kidnapped soldiers protest in Halba, Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014. (The Daily Star/Antoine Amrieh)

BEIRUT: Families blocked roads across Lebanon in a bid to press the government to work to release their relatives held by militants groups from Syria.

Security sources said angry protesters erected sand mounds and parked cars in the middle of main roads in Abdeh, Wadi Jamous and Mohammara in the northern Akkar region, as well as in Minnieh near Tripoli.

Similar protests were staged in Bar Elias in the Bekaa area, as relatives of the hostages cut off the main road leading to the city of Zahle.

In Baaqlin in the Chouf mountain, the family of a captive soldier blocked the main roundabout linking the town with nearby Beiteddine and Mukhtara, the hometown of MP Walid Jumblatt.

At least 29 Army troops and Internal Security Forces personnel were captured by militants from the Nusra Front and ISIS during a five-day showdown in the border town of Arsal last month.

At least 24 remain in the hands of the militants, following Sunday’s release of five captives by Nusra Front. The militants have submitted a list of demands to the government, including the release of Nusra commander Imad Jomaa, whose arrest triggered the clashes in Arsal, and other Islamist prisoners.

 

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