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DAESH-HELD LEBANESE HOSTAGES FEARED FOR THEIR LIVES AMID HEZBOLLAH’S SYRIA BORDER OPERATION

BEIRUT, Lebanon, July 25 (NNN-NNA) - The families of nine Lebanese servicemen, being held hostage by the Daesh, have expressed concerns over the fate of their sons, local LBCI TV reported.

Hussein Youssef, the father of captive soldier, Mohammed Youssef, said in an interview with LBCI that, he was worried about his son, after Hezbollah launched an unprecedented offensive towards the Lebanese-Syrian border region, held by the Daesh-linked al-Nusra Front group.

"We have nine servicemen in Daesh captivity. What is their situation and what is their fate amid this pressure, bombardment and battles?" Youssef asked.

He also warned that the families "will not accept that these servicemen turn into a victim" of any military developments.

The fate of the nine servicemen has been shrouded with mystery for around two years now and their families have organised numerous street protests, to exert pressure on authorities to unveil their fate and secure their release.

The nine men were among more than 30 troops and policemen, who were abducted by the Daesh, during the deadly 2014 battle between the Lebanese army and Daesh and al-Nusra militants, in and around north-eastern border town of Arsal. Four of the servicemen were executed by al-Nusra, while another died of his wounds.

In 2015, al-Nusra released 16 hostages, as part of a swap deal with the Lebanese state, however, the fate of the nine others remains unknown.

Source: NAM News Network