A photo of Abbas Medlej is placed at the entrance of a tent erected to receive condolences in his hometown of Ansar in Baalbek on Sunday, September 7, 2014. (The Daily Star/Nidal Solh)
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The soldiers were kidnapped along with policemen during clashes in Arsal between the Lebanese Army and Islamist militants from the Nusra Front and ISIS.The Medlej family continued to receive condolences Sunday at the home of the slain soldier's brother in Ansar, Baalbek, despite the lack of official confirmation of his death by the Army.Earlier in the day, the family issued a statement emphasizing the need for restraint in the wake of vigilante attacks on Sunni and displaced Syrians in the Bekaa Valley in response to Medlej's slaying.Gunmen later identified as belonging to the Masri family from Hourtaala abducted two Lebanese nationals, Abdullah al-Breidy, an engineer from Baalbek, and Hussein Hasan al-Fliti from Arsal.The Masris are demanding the release of one of their relative, who is among the captured soldiers being held by ISIS. The family warned that if their relative was harmed or killed, Breidy and Fliti would face the same fate.
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