Lebanon’s Daesh-held captives still alive, mediators tell families

Published June 17th, 2015 - 11:33 GMT

The brother of a Lebanese soldier held captive by Daesh said Wednesday that a mediator told him he received assurances from the extremist group that its nine hostages are still alive.

Nizam Mgheit, the brother of soldier Ibrahim Mgheit, said he received a call by Sheikh Wissam al-Masri, a religious figure who claims he mediates negotiations between the Lebanese government and Daesh.

Masri reportedly told Mgheit that he had received a phone call from a Daesh official assuring him that the hostages were alive, according to the National News Agency.

The news came one day after Mgheit led a protest of other family members of Daesh hostages to block a north Lebanon highway for four hours.

Tuesday's protest was sparked after rumors emerged that Daesh killed its hostages. Other rumors said the hostages had been moved outside of Arsal's outskirts into Syria.

Daesh originally captured 11 Lebanese servicemen during an incursion into Arsal last August before beheading two. The Nusra Front holds another 16 servicemen.

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