Negotiations with Nusra over release of Arsal Hostages finalized, says Ibrahim


abbas IbrahimGeneral Security chief Abbas Ibrahim revealed that the negotiations with the al-Qaida-affiliated al-Nusra Front over the release of the servicemen abducted in 2014 have been finalized and all that Lebanon  needs are some clarifications over the swap, Hezbollah’s mouthpiece  Al Manar reported on Wednesday

He said: “We have agreed with al-Nusra on the mechanism of a prisoner exchange, as well as its time and location and other details.”

He made his remarks in the latest issue of “General Security” magazine set be published on August 27.

“We have completed the negotiations along with our brothers in Qatar and all we need are some clarifications over the swap,” Ibrahim said.

The servicemen were kidnapped by al-Nusra Front and Islamic State jihadists in the wake of clashes in the northeastern border town of Arsal in August 2014.

lebanese hostagesA few of the hostages   been released, four were executed, while the rest remain in captivity

The kidnappers are reportedly demanding the release of Islamists from Lebanese jails in exchange for the hostages.