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Families of abducted soldiers block roads and set up tents in protest against the abductions of soldiers

Associated Timeline/Case: 
Arsal Conflict (starting August 2, 2014)
Date of incident: 
August 30, 2014 to September 3, 2014
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Actors/Parties Involved: 
Families of abducted soldiers [Arsal Clashes]

On the 30th of August the people of Fnaydek in Aakar took the streets on Saturday and used their cars to block the main road at Mouhammara Bridge in Tripoli in a public protest against the prolonged detention of abducted soldiers. They also set a tent in the middle of Abdeh highway at Mohammara crossing, and said that they would stay there until their kidnapped beloved ones were released, pointing that they "would not back from this decision before reaching a quick solution to this humane file. A similar protests took place in Mash'ha where locals protested against the kidnapping of Lebanese Army soldier, Ibrahim Mustapha Shaaban, from their town, demanding his release along with all other soldiers who were abducted by terrorist groups in Arsal, and in Baalbeck where families closed Riak - Baalbeck International road in both directions next to Talia police station. Similarly, on Sunday the 31st of August the families of soldiers held hostage by Syrian militants took to the streets and cut-off the international highway in Housh Sneid in Baalbek, blocking traffic on both ways and demanding the release of their sons. On the 1st of September, the relatives of the kidnapped military men cut off the roads of Mhamra, Abdeh, Wadi Jamous, maritime road in Akkar. In Qalamoun, the relatives of the kidnapped military men cut off the road both ways demanding the release of captured Army troops and security personnel and in Choueifat, the family of the abducted soldier Abbas Msheik cut off the road with burning tires, pressing for the release of their son and the remaining abducted military men. On the 2nd of September, the family of Hajj Hassan cut off the north Bekaa road at the entrance of Shaat town in the region of Hrebta, in protest at threats to slaughter Ali Hajj Hassan, a soldier from the family who has been kidnapped by the terrorist groups in Arsal. Also, a group of relatives of the abducted military and security elements tried to kidnap 18 Syrians in Shmestar and locked them inside a warehouse, but the Syrians managed to break the door of the warehouse and escape. On the 3rd of September, Tripoli-Akkar highway and Abdeh-Halba highway were cut off on Wednesday morning in solidarity with the captured military men. Also, Nahr Al-Kaleb River road has been blocked by protesters who voiced utter objection against all the politicians refusing to negotiate with militants to ensure the release of the kidnapped military men. This move came at the hands of the participants in the convoy carrying the corps of late army martyr Ali Al-Sayyed."

Primary category: 
Collective Action [inc. protests, solidarity movements...]
Classification of conflict (primary): 
Policy conflicts
Conflicts associated with political decisions, government or state policies regarding matters of public concern, such as debates concerning law reforms, electoral laws, and protests of the government’s political decisions, among others.