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‘Syrian government and rebels exchange more than a hundred prisoners’

‘Syrian government and rebels exchange more than a hundred prisoners’

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The Syrian government and rebel groups have Tuesday more than a hundred female prisoners and hostages exchanged, in the province of Hama.

That report, the Syrian Observatory for human Rights and a spokesman for the group, Jaysh al-Nasr, which is part of rebellenkoepel the Free Syrian Army.

The exchange took place in the rebel-controlled town of Qalaat al-Madiq in the countryside of Hama.

According to the Observatory, there were a total of 112 prisoners exchanged, including 24 children. Many of those prisoners were already years, some since the start of the conflict in 2011.

The Syrian government still has the exchange has not yet been officially confirmed.

Rare

About half of the women and children were released from prisons by the Syrian government and transferred to rebellengebied, according to the Observatory. In return, brought the rebels, in their turn, prisoners to regeringsgebieden on the coast.

The exchange of prisoners was rare during the first six years of the Syrian civil war, but according to the Observatory more often.

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