Families of kidnapped Lebanese soldiers and policemen protest at Riad Solh Square in Downtown Beirut Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014. (The Daily Star/Mahmoud Kheir)
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Thursday's protest was the first by the families of the kidnapped soldiers in Beirut, after they had blocked roads in east and north Lebanon to voice the same demands.Ali al-Sayyed, who was beheaded by ISIS last week.During his funeral Wednesday, Sayyed's family called for a "revolution" until the at least 23 soldiers and policemen still held by ISIS and Nusra Front are released.Sayyed and the other captives were taken captive by the militants during the five-day gunbattles with the Lebanese Army in the northeastern border town of Arsal last month. The jihadists have demanded the release of Islamist inmates held in Roumieh Prison in exchange for the soldiers.
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