The Australian flag, third left, is seen along with others outside a compound that houses the Australian Embassy in Beirut, Lebanon, Thursday, April 7, 2016. (AP Photo/Bilal Hussein)
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Internal Security Forces Thursday freed two children who had been abducted the morning before and handed them over to their father, the ISF announced.A security source told The Daily Star that the children were freed by police as a result of contacts between the ISF and the embassy.An ISF statement later in the day confirmed that five people with alleged links to the abduction were arrested, including the mother, two British nationals as well as two Lebanese citizens. The ISF also announced Thursday morning that four other Australian nationals were arrested over suspected links to the case.The source told The Daily Star that the four Australians, who work for Australia's Nine Network TV station, were arrested overnight and are being held at Beirut's Raouche police station.The mother has reportedly said that their Lebanese father took them for a holiday and then refused to return them to Australia, Fairfax Media reported.The source added that the children's father had been granted custody after divorcing his wife.
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