Lebanon holds state funeral for slain soldiers

By on September 8, 2017


Flag of Lebanon (Photo By Traced based on the CIA World Factbook with some modification done to the colours based on information at Vexilla mundi., Public Domain)
Flag of Lebanon (Photo By Traced based on the CIA World Factbook with some modification done to the colours based on information at Vexilla mundi., Public Domain)

BEIRUT — Lebanon has held a state funeral for 10 of its soldiers captured and killed by the Islamic State group.

President Michel Aoun presided over Friday’s ceremony in honour of the soldiers held at the Defence Ministry near Beirut.

The bodies of the soldiers were recovered late last month following an army offensive to wipe out hundreds of IS militants who were occupying parts of the Lebanese-Syria border region since 2014.

The soldiers were kidnapped by the militants during a border raid in 2014. Two of them were killed that same year, while the fate of the remaining 8 was unknown until late July when the militants agreed to reveal their burial place in return for their evacuation from the border region to IS-held areas in Syria.