Maria Geagea, a relative of kidnapped serviceman Pierre Geagea, lights a candle near the protest tent in front of the Grand Serail in Beirut, Friday, Nov. 27, 2015. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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Speculation mounted Friday night that a prisoner swap was imminent between Lebanon and Nusra Front militants holding 16 servicemen after officials confirmed that about 20 Islamist detainees were moved from Roumieh Prison to a General Security facility.ISIS and the Nusra Front have been holding 25 Lebanese soldiers and policemen hostage since August 2014 when they were abducted during a bloody five-day battle with the Army in Arsal.Thirty-seven servicemen had originally been captured during the battle, but eight were later released and four were killed. Some reports said 15 Roumieh prisoners, including five women, would be swapped for the 16 servicemen being held by the Nusra Front overnight.
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