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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 Suja 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.
30 November 2015, 18:20 Al-Jadeed on prisoner swap deal: All the terms that have been agreed on will be implemented.
30 November 2015, 17:33 Al-Jadeed: Maj. Gen. Abbas Ibrahim returned from the outskirts of the Lebanese-Syrian border after inspecting the point where the swap will happen and other logistical details.
30 November 2015, 16:56 Al-Nusra Front: Negotiations over the captive servicemen are still in the phase of devising a serious mechanism for implementing what has been agreed on.
30 November 2015, 16:41 Al-Arabiya: The prisoner swap deal between Lebanese authorities and al-Nusra Front has been reportedly revived.
30 November 2015, 16:09 Army Commander General Qahwaji discussed the issue of the captive servicemen with General Security chief Abbas Ibrahim.
30 November 2015, 15:49 A landslide has occurred in the outskirts of the Chouf town of Kfarnabrakh, which prompted a number of residents to evacuate their houses.
30 November 2015, 15:40 OTV: The swap deal to free the soldiers is witnessing the final moments under the supervision of General Security chief Maj. Gen. Abbas Ibrahim
30 November 2015, 15:02 LBCI: Health Minister Wael Abou Faour and Agriculture Minister Akram Shehayyeb asked the Interior Minister to give orders to close down 6 farms and slaughterhouses in Choueifat for failure to meet the health standards.
30 November 2015, 14:23 MTV on the Arsal soldiers: Negotiations to free the servicemen have not stopped and contacts between the Qatari mediator and humanitarian activist resumed.
30 November 2015, 14:14 VDL (100.5): The army arrested 81 Syrian nationals and confiscated 18 motorcycles in raids on several areas.
30 November 2015, 14:07 MP George Adwan: We will not go back to the 1960 electoral law.