An image made available by Jihadist media outlet Welayat Homs on May 28, 2015 allegedly shows the holding cells in Tadmur's notorious prison. AFP PHOTO / HO / WELAYAT HOMS
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Gen. Abbas Ibrahim expressed his optimism again Friday on the outcome of negotiations to win the release of Lebanese servicemen held by jihadis, denying rumors that ISIS now holds Lebanese prisoners initially jailed by Damascus.Ibrahim also said that inmates previously held in Palmyra prison-reportedly including Lebanese – were moved by the Syrian authorities to another prison before ISIS militants arrived and took over the Syrian city earlier this month.Ibrahim did not say whether any Lebanese were among the inmates.Although the Syrian government has announced that it no longer held Lebanese prisoners, dozens were believed to be kept in ambiguous circumstances inside the Palmyra Prison, with their identities kept from the public. Ibrahim's remarks came one day after Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea, an anti-Syrian figure, said that he received information that several Lebanese arrested in Syria were currently under ISIS custody.
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