Relatives of the released servicemen celebrate near the tent camp in Downtown Beirut, Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2015. (The Daily Star/Hasan Shaaban)
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Families of Lebanese servicemen rejoiced in Downtown Beirut with news that their loved ones were released by the Nusra Front Tuesday.When the swap deal for the exchange of 16 Lebanese servicemen held by the Nusra Front and around a dozen prisoners appeared to be underway, families cheered with joy.The families praised the efforts of Ibrahim, the chief of General Security, who was tasked by the government to oversee negotiations to free the hostages.For months the families have expressed frustration with the handling of the hostage case by the government, which largely kept them in the dark about the details of the negotiations.But the question of what will come of the nine hostages still being held by ISIS cast a shadow on the merriment of families.
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