Relatives of the kidnapped soldiers speak to the media as they block a road in Saifi, Monday, Nov. 17, 2014. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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The execution of several Lebanese servicemen held by Islamist militants in Arsal was averted yet again Monday after heightened political communication behind the scenes helped appease their captors, if only for a few more days.Initially, ISIS had given noon Monday, later extended to 4 p.m., as an ultimatum for the government to revoke death sentences handed down to Islamists in Roumieh Prison, threatening to execute hostages if the demand was not met. By late afternoon Monday, however, Health Minister Wael Abu Faour, who also acts as a mediator, told protesters the militants had been persuaded to wait.The sentences were not divulged publicly; however it is likely that ISIS militants in Qalamoun were informed about the ruling through certain prisoners who maintain ties with them, the security source said.Sources said that while initially General Security head Maj.
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