Lebanon Hostage Release

David Jacobsen's freeing raises hopes for more to come

The convoy of three vehicles pulled to a stop in front of the old U.S. embassy building on Ein Mreisseh Boulevard in Muslim West Beirut at 7 Sunday morning. As planned, a Westerner wearing dark glasses slid into the seat of one of the cars. Then, escorted by two truckloads of Lebanese police as a precaution against sniper fire, the convoy barreled toward the Green Line that divides the city's Muslim and Christian sectors. Minutes later, the cars crossed safely into Christian East Beirut, and David Jacobsen, director of Beirut's American University Hospital, was a free man for the first time...

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