TRANSLATED: Arabic daily on how Hezbollah freed its lone hostage in Syr. over past 3 years
A sharp contrast with the way pretty much everyone else goes about hostage negotiations (save perhaps the Israelis):
On December 9, the independent Al-Rai al-Aam daily newspaper carried the following report: “Leading Hezbollah sources told Al-Rai that the party’s fighter Imad Ayyad who was taken hostage in Esal al-Ward in Rif Damascus “was released following negotiations with the kidnappers. These kidnappers had asked for the release of 300 prisoners from the Syrian prisons in addition to 5 million dollars.
“However, the party rejected this offer and ambushed officials from the Free Army. Thus, the kidnappers lowered their demands into swapping Ayyad with the Free Army officials but they insisted on their financial demand. The party responded by saying that it will kidnap additional officials and rejected the second offer. The response came three days later when [the Free Army] accepted the swap between Ayyad and the newly arrested Free Army officials without adding any more demands.”…”