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Lebanese ex-hostages in Syria back home, Turkish pilots freed

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Nine Lebanese pilgrims held hostage in Syria for 17 months arrived in Beirut late Saturday after being freed in an exchange that also released two Turkish Airlines pilots seized in Lebanon. 

One of the nine Lebanese Shiite pilgrims abducted by rebels in Syria flashes the V-sign for victory ashe is greeted by relatives upon his arrival at Beirut International airport on October 19, 2013

The Shiite pilgrims were greeted by cabinet ministers and other senior officials from across the political spectrum in Lebanon, where their seizure had sparked angry protests by family members.

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