A Qatar delegation is in Arsal negotiating release of hostages

Roumieh prison
Roumieh prison

The Gulf state of  Qatar  dispatched a delegation overnight to the  outskirts of the Beqaa  town of Arsal to negotiate the release of the hostages from the Islamist militants .

Since the abduction of Lebanese soldiers and policemen, Lebanon has been reportedly seeking the help of Qatar and Turkey to ensure their safe release.

The militants included fighters from the Islamic State group and the al-Qaida-linked Nusra Front.

This comes  after  Prime Minister Tammam Salam said Thursday that he opposed any negotiations between the government and the hostage-takers.

The islamist militants are holding at least 23 servicemen captive  and have demanded the release of Islamist inmates held in Roumieh Prison in exchange for the hostages.

During Thursday’s  Cabinet session, Salam told the ministers that he had held secret contacts with countries that could help secure the release of the troops.

The Cabinet also agreed to pursue more contacts with countries that could have some leverage to release the soldiers.

The militants have beheaded one Lebanese soldier , executed another Lebanese citizen , reportedly over links  with the militant  Hezbollah group   and  threatened to kill more hostages unless the Lebanese government releases 10  Islamist inmates from Roumieh Prison against each hostage .

Interior Minister Nouhad Mashnouk told  As-Safir newspaper that the hostages’ crisis would be the focal point of discussions during his visit to Doha in the company of General Security head, Maj. Gen. Abbas Ibrahim.

“We will exert every effort with the countries that could have a positive influence on the kidnappers,” he said.

 Most of  the islamists  at the Roumieh prison    were arrested over their involvement in the bloody clashes with the Lebanese army at the northern refugee camp of Nahr al-Bared in 2007.

The fighting in Arsal was the most serious border incident since the conflict in Syria began in March 2011.



15 responses to “A Qatar delegation is in Arsal negotiating release of hostages”

  1. I feel strongly for the loved ones of the kidnapped soldiers… That being said, I still believe that the LAF have the power and the political will behind them to attack the kidnappers in their territories and retrieve the soldiers with an ultimatum that for every soldier they kill they will capture and shoot 10 of those dogs.
    The time for talking is over… ACT!

    1. sweetvirgo Avatar

      Someone has to kill these wild dogs. I hope it’s real soon so we can be done with these animals.

    2. They have the power and the will. But its the politics that keeps holding them back.

  2. 5thDrawer Avatar

    “We will exert every effort with the countries that could have a positive influence on the kidnappers,”

    At this point, I don’t see that anyone can mouthe anything which is positive … or influence the great desire to release Leb-state prisoners so they can go back to join the ranks of avowed killers.

  3. 5thDrawer Avatar

    Headline ….
    “An Israeli spy device detonated by Hezbollah in south Lebanon”
    And then the story …
    “….. the Israelis remotely blew it up, which left one person seriously wounded.”
    News has SUCH resistance.

    1. sweetvirgo Avatar

      The article doesn’t make sense. Did you see the caption on the picture?? It’s from 2012.

      1. 5thDrawer Avatar

        I often note a lack in ‘reportage’ … some in here blame it on an idea YaLibnan is a Jewish Site run from the USA, and couldn’t be anything representing Lebanon. 😉
        But, I think that sort of thing represents Lebanon very well. :-)))
        Sometimes, there’s an ‘update’ ….
        “the army is totally mum over the issue and imposing a security cordon around the location.”
        My question is: ‘Why bother wasting the ink to print it??’ ;-))))

  4. I don’t why these fuckers are still prisoners !!! What happened to the kidney disease thing?? It’s time LAF use uranium plated ammunition. It will definitely help identify the next generation of terrorists.

    1. 5thDrawer Avatar

      Libnan1 … ‘God works in mysterious ways, His wonders to perform.’
      I guess not all had failing kidneys. BUT … In Roumieh it could, however, be an unfortunate water scource. (Does anyone have enough pipe to reach the Litani?) :-)))
      And please don’t mention anything with radiation, ok? This story is relatively clear so far.

    2. $89733098 Avatar

      Hopefully u and ur loved ones don’t suffer from the radiation of those uranium plated weapons. U r already a freak, one can only imagine how much more of a freak u would be with DU.

  5. 5thDrawer Avatar

    Friday Night … SCOTCH TIME … End of negotiations for the weekend.

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