Nusra Front’s new demands hamper release of Lebanese troops

Lebanese authorities say release of Lebanese soldiers is postponed as Nusra Front sets new conditions at last minute

Photo by: AP (Archive )
Photo by: AP (Archive )

Lebanese riot policemen stand guard during a demonstration held by relatives of Lebanese soldiers held hostage by Nusra Front, to demand action to secure the captives' release, in front of government headquarters in downtown Beirut, Lebanon

Lebanese security agency announced on Monday that the release of Lebanese troops and police officers taken hostage by the Nusra Front, a Syrian group affiliated with Al Qaeda, has been halted due to the new conditions set by the group at the last minute.

Major General Abbas Ibrahim, the head of Lebanese General Security stated that the Lebanese government performed all of its duties to secure the release of those were taken captive in August 2014.

Ibrahim said “We showed our flexibility on many of the demands by Nusra Front, and completed all the commitments to implement the deal.”

“It got to a point where we could not comply with paralysing demands that the kidnappers made at last minute,” he added.

Lebanese Prime Minister Tammam Salam cancelled his Paris trip scheduled for the World Climate Change Summit in order to follow the negotiation process.

Nusra Front abducted 17 Lebanese soldiers after a five-day long conflict in Arsal, a town near Lebanon's border with Syria.

According to Lebanese security sources, Lebanese government and Nusra Front had reached a deal for the release of soldiers in exchange for an ex-wife of the leader of DAESH terrorist group and four other female inmates including wives of some group members.

However, Nusra Front has increased the number of detainees they want to free.

TRTWorld and agencies