Families of hostage servicemen block a road in Raouche on Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2015. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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The families of Lebanon's 25 kidnapped servicemen lashed out at government officials Tuesday for failing to secure the release of their loved ones after more than a year in captivity on the northeastern border.The families apologized to commuters who were stuck in traffic, but said it was ultimately the state that led them to take such actions.ISIS and the Nusra Front have been holding 25 policemen and soldiers hostage since August 2014 when the militants briefly overran the border town of Arsal, sparking a five-day battle.Gen. Abbas Ibrahim, announced that negotiations with the Nusra Front, which holds 16 of the hostages, were finalized and that the deal was awaiting implementation.
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