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Syrian rebels release 9 Lebanese hostages
Syrian rebels release 9 Lebanese hostages

BEIRUT — Nine Lebanese hostages held for more than a year by Syrian  rebels have been released, according to multiple reports late Friday, ending a protracted crisis that heightened regional sectarian tensions and was linked to the  subsequent kidnapping of two Turkish Airlines pilots in the Lebanese capital. Various news agencies here quoted Lebanon’s interior minister, Marwan Charbel, confirming the liberation of the hostages, who were reported to be safe in Turkey, which shares a long border with Syria.  Lebanese Prime Minister  Najib Mikati issued a statement congratulating the freed hostages and their families. There was no immediate word on reports...