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Riad al-Solh Square in Downtown Beirut, where families of the servicemen often expressed their anguish over the continued captivity of their loved ones, was transformed into a carnival. Citizens, activists and family members flocked to the square to welcome the soldiers and policemen who had been held captive for almost a year and a half, shortly after they received a hero's welcome at the Grand Serail. Maymoun Jaber said, surrounded by family members who showered him with flowers.Pierre Geagea stood facing the very tents that had been erected to press for his release.Surrounded by family and friends, he spoke of his experience. As the route leading from the Grand Serail to Riad al-Solh was barred by barbed wire, families had to make their way through the parking garage of an adjacent building.
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