Nov 28, 2014 7:14 AM
Families of kidnapped Lebanese soldiers protest
The Associated Press
BEIRUT (AP) Police used water cannons to break up a protest Friday by relatives of several kidnapped Lebanese soldiers after the protesters blocked a main highway in the capital.
Security forces beat several protesters and some journalists as they broke up the demonstration.
The Islamic State group and al-Qaida-linked Nusra Front in Syria seized some 20 Lebanese soldiers and police officers in August during a cross-border raid. They have already killed three of the captives, beheading two of them.
Friday's protest came a day after Nusra Front threatened to kill one of the soldiers. The families are demanding that the government negotiate seriously with the militants who are demanding the release of Islamist prisoners from Lebanese jails.
Lebanon's Interior Minister Nohad Machnouk said blocking roads "is not the answer."