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01 December 2015, 18:27 Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea is meeting with Interior Minister Nouhad al-Mashnouq in Maarab.
01 December 2015, 17:17 Al-Manar: Israel detonated two bombs connected to a spy device as a bulldozer was carrying out maintenance works on a road between Khiyam and Bourj al-Mulouk.
01 December 2015, 17:16 Hizbullah: The terrorists who committed crimes against the captive servicemen must receive full punishment.
01 December 2015, 16:33 The 16 servicemen are celebrating their freedom along with their families at the Riad al-Solh Square.
01 December 2015, 16:29 Salam: At the domestic level, I especially thank Maj. Gen. Abbas Ibrahim and the General Security institution. I also thank the Lebanese Red Cross.
01 December 2015, 16:26 Salam: The judicial authorities have also helped us to cross to freedom and to Lebanon's dignity. In the name of you all, I extend gratitude to all the countries and leaders who contributed to this happy ending, especially the State of Qatar and its emir, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad.
01 December 2015, 16:25 Salam: Domestic efforts were exerted through the government, the crisis cell and all the security agencies.
01 December 2015, 16:21 Salam: We will carry on with our efforts to make more achievements.
01 December 2015, 16:21 Salam: Trust your State and government and Lebanon needs all its sons.
01 December 2015, 16:19 PM Salam from Grand Serail: Our heroes endured and persevered and we also endured with them, which allowed us to achieve this joy. I cannot but remember the martyrs on this occasion, the last of whom was Mohammed Hamiyeh.
01 December 2015, 16:17 Ibrahim: We are awaiting the day of joy when we recover the IS-held servicemen and I thank the members of the crisis cell. I thank ex-PM Saad Hariri who supported us in the negotiations and I thank Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah but I will not go into details now.
01 December 2015, 16:13 Ibrahim: The negotiations were difficult but we did not renounce our sovereignty.
01 December 2015, 16:09 Ibrahim: We thank everyone who contributed to our efforts.
01 December 2015, 16:01 Ibrahim: Because Lebanon is the country of freedom you have returned free. You have returned to the State and to your country and families.
01 December 2015, 15:37 Maj. Gen. Ibrahim, Army chief Qahwaji, Maj. Gen. Mohammed Kheir and Minister Abou Faour have arrived at the Grand Serail.
01 December 2015, 14:53 LF chief Samir Geagea sarcastically replying to Assad via Twitter: The grandson of Descarte and Aristotle in the twentieth century in the science of logic is Bashar Assad. His latest equation is: Terrorism hit France implies that France supports terrorism.
01 December 2015, 14:50 The families of the Arsal servicemen arrived at the Grand Serail.
01 December 2015, 14:49 VDL (93.3): The Arsal servicemen shaved their beards and are headed to the Grand Serail in their military uniforms.
01 December 2015, 14:42 VDL (100.5): Qatar said that its mediation to free the servicemen came at the request by the Lebanese government.
01 December 2015, 14:18 Saudi Ambassador Ali Awadh Asiri: We hope that the remaining hostages will be released and we back a presidential candidate that unites all Lebanese, especially Christians.
01 December 2015, 13:42 LBCI: Hizbullah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah discussed the latest political and security developments with Ali Akbar Velayati, Khamenei's adviser on international affairs.
01 December 2015, 13:19 PSP leader MP Walid Jumblat: We hope that efforts continue in the next stage to release the rest of the abducted soldiers.
01 December 2015, 13:13 VDL (100.5): Qatar is expected to make a statement on the swap deal and the release of the servicemen.
01 December 2015, 13:00 MP Ziad al-Qaderi: We will not stop our efforts until the servicemen held by the IS are released and we thank all sides who contributed to today's success.
01 December 2015, 12:58 MP Suleiman Franjieh: We congratulate the people on the release of the servicemen and hope the rest will be freed.
01 December 2015, 12:58 Families of Arsal servicemen: We support the premier and General Security chief in their efforts to release the IS captives and we will keep our sit-in until they are freed.
01 December 2015, 12:52 MP Saad Hariri via Twitter: We congratulate the servicemen on their freedom and return to Lebanon. This is a victory for the army and security forces against all pressure.
01 December 2015, 12:40 General Security: We will spare no effort to bring back the soldiers kidnapped by the Islamic State group.
01 December 2015, 12:39 Health Minister Wael Abou Faour before families of servicemen: We pledge that the state will not waver in its efforts to release the hostages held by the IS.
01 December 2015, 12:22 Ibrahim: We are ready to negotiate with the Islamic State.
01 December 2015, 12:21 General Security chief Maj. Gen. Abbas Ibrahim: Our joy will not be complete until the servicemen abducted by the Islamist State are also freed.
01 December 2015, 12:10 Interior Minister Nouhad al-Mashnouq: The seriousness of the General Security did not go in vain and their efforts resulted in the release of the abducted soldiers.
01 December 2015, 12:08 The Red Cross convoy transporting the 16 servicemen left Wadi Hmeid to Lebanese territories.
01 December 2015, 11:53 The first group of Lebanese servicemen are entering the Red Cross vans before heading to the outskirts of Arsal.
01 December 2015, 11:50 VDL (100.5): The corpse of soldier Mohammed Hamieh arrived at the military hospital where DNA tests will be run.
01 December 2015, 11:45 MTV: The Rec Cross handed the inmates to al-Nusra Front.
01 December 2015, 11:44 VDL (100.5): A Muslim scholars committee of al-Qalamoun delegation arrived in Arsal to ensure that aid is sent to refugee encampments in the area.
01 December 2015, 11:32 Saja al-Dulaimi from Arsal outskirts: I divorced Abou Bakr al-Baghdadi six or seven years ago and I will head to Turkey.
01 December 2015, 11:23 The Red Cross vans transporting the inmates headed towards the outskirts of Arsal.
01 December 2015, 11:14 Justice Minister Ashraf Rifi to al-Jazeera: Today we close the chapter of the servicemen held by al-Nusra Front and hope to focus attention on ones held by the IS.
01 December 2015, 11:02 NNA: Interior Minister Nouhad al-Machnouq interrupted his speech during a conference on Enhancing Women's Political Participation in Lebanon to congratulate the Lebanese on the release of the kidnapped servicemen.
01 December 2015, 10:49 VDL (93.3): General Security chief Maj. Gen. Abbas Ibrahim arrived at Wadi Hmeid where the swap is supposed to take place.
01 December 2015, 10:31 NNA: Israeli warplanes fly at a high altitude over the southern areas of Marjayoun.
01 December 2015, 10:26 One of the Arsal servicemen to MTV: I thank Mustafa al-Hujeiri for his efforts to ensure our release.
01 December 2015, 10:25 The convoy with the Arsal servicemen is headed towards the exchange position.
01 December 2015, 10:24 One of the Arsal servicemen to MTV: We were captured in good health and are being released in good health.
01 December 2015, 10:22 One of the Arsal servicemen to MTV: I thank the al-Nusra Front for treating us well for 16 months.
01 December 2015, 10:21 One of the Arsal servicemen to MTV: We hope that the government will turn its attention to the displaced people on the Lebanese-Syrian border.
01 December 2015, 10:21 VDL (93.3): Channels have been opened to transport injured members of al-Nusra Front from the outskirts of Arsal to the town for medical care.
01 December 2015, 10:20 One of the Arsal captives to MTV: We hope that the displaced Syrians will be able to return to their homeland.
01 December 2015, 10:19 One of the Arsal servicemen to MTV: We hope that some inmates held in Lebanese jails would be released.
01 December 2015, 10:18 The prisoner exchange between al-Nusra Front and Lebanese authorities is underway.
01 December 2015, 10:17 One of the Arsal servicemen to MTV: We thank all who helped ensure our release.
01 December 2015, 09:47 Al-Jazeera: Around 15 trucks loaded with aid supplies arrived in Arsal.
01 December 2015, 09:40 NNA: Unknown assailants opened fire at an army soldier A.H. in the town of Bazzal in Akkar.
01 December 2015, 09:16 General Security chief Maj. Gen. Abbas Ibrahim: Things are going as planned and the first signal for implementing the agreement has begun.
01 December 2015, 09:06 VDL (100.5): The abducted soldiers will be released in a few moments.
01 December 2015, 09:04 General Security: We were handed the corpse of martyr soldier Mohammed Hamieh.
01 December 2015, 08:54 VDL (93.3): The Red Cross was handed the corpse of soldier Mohammed Hamieh and a General Security convoy headed to the outskirts of Arsal where the swap with al-Nusra will take place.
01 December 2015, 08:50 VDL (93.3): The army arrested fugitive Khaled Makkieh in a raid on the vegetable market in Bab al-Tabbaneh.
30 November 2015, 22:41 MP Michel Aoun: I have not been informed until the moment of an agreement between Hariri and Franjieh but why should Franjieh's nomination come from Hariri?
30 November 2015, 22:12 Aoun: Each camp must choose its own candidate. March 14 must not name the president and March 8 must not name the premier.
30 November 2015, 22:11 Change and Reform bloc MP Michel Aoun to Russia Today: The best electoral law is one based on proportional representation.
30 November 2015, 21:52 National News Agency: Robert Aoun, the youngest brother of Change and Reform bloc chief MP Michel Aoun, has passed away.
30 November 2015, 21:20 Hizbullah and al-Mustaqbal stressed the need for maintaining the ongoing dialogue among the various parties to “reach national agreements as soon as possible.”
30 November 2015, 21:05 The Hizbullah-Mustaqbal dialogue session in Ain al-Tineh has ended.