Hostage families gather at their protest camp in Downtown Beirut on Friday, Nov. 27, 2015 after reports emerged of the imminent release of the soldiers and policemen being held by militants. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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Officials Saturday kept quiet over any potential progress in the case to swap Islamist prisoners for 16 Lebanese servicemen being held by Al-Qaeda-linked militants on the northeastern border.Reports had said Friday that 15 Roumieh prisoners, including five women, will be swapped for the 16 servicemen being held by Nusra.Thirty-seven servicemen had originally been captured during the battle, but eight were later released and four were killed.Media reports said Friday that a prisoner swap was imminent after officials confirmed that about 20 Islamist detainees were moved from Roumieh Prison to a General Security facility.
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