Families of Lebanese soldiers held captive by Islamic militants block roads following threats

November 17, 2014 10:15 AM

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BEIRUT – Relatives of Lebanese soldiers held hostage by Islamic militants have burned tires and closed roads in downtown Beirut Monday in an escalation of their ongoing sit-in to secure their release.

Monday's protests began after the militants threatened to start killing the hostages within hours unless the government revokes sentences handed down to Islamist prisoners.

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