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The families of the 16 Lebanese policemen and soldiers released Tuesday after more than a year in captivity exploded in cheers after being reunited with them at the Grand Serail in Downtown Beirut.The servicemen, who arrived to the governmental palace clean shaven and in fresh uniforms, were greeted by several political and security officials, including Prime Minister Tammam Salam, General Security head Maj. After playing the national anthem, officials stood next to each other as Ibrahim and Salam gave speeches.Ibrahim read out the names of the 16 servicemen and their ranks in the army and Internal Security Forces. Ibrahim thanked all sides that cooperated and helped in ending the hostage crisis with the Nusra Front, congratulating the servicemen and their families on their freedom.The servicemen then exited the Serial one by one after the ceremony, and were welcomed by an even larger crowd who waited for them near Riad al-Solh Square, where the families of the former hostages had set up tents over a year ago to pressure the government to take action.
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