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Lebanon minister willing to sacrifice own freedom for soldiers

BEIRUT: The only woman in Prime Minister Tammam Salam's 24-member Cabinet offered herself in exchange for the release of the captured soldiers.

In remarks to An-Nahar newspaper, Minister of the Displaced Alice Shabtini said: "I ask [the relatives] to hold needed contacts to secure the safe return of their children in exchange for handing me over to whoever they want."

During a protest in Beirut outside the Grand Serail as the Cabinet was meeting to devise a plan to release the captured soldiers, some of their relatives asked Lebanese Army commander Gen. Jean Kahwagi to trade the 24 Cabinet ministers for the soldiers and policemen held by ISIS and Nusra Front for nearly a month.

 

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