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Assad regime, Syrian opposition do 3rd prisoner swap

Assad regime, Syrian opposition do 3rd prisoner swap
18 prisoners swapped between regime, opposition in opposition-controlled al-Bab, northern Syria

By Ahmet Furkan Mercan

ANKARA (AA) – Monday saw a prisoner swap between the Assad regime and Syria’s armed opposition as part of the Astana process, according to Turkey’s Foreign Ministry.

“Several persons detained by the opposition groups and the regime were mutually and simultaneously released on April 22, 2019 with the activities of the Working Group on the Release of Detainees/Abductees, Handover of Bodies and Identification of Missing Persons," the ministry said in a statement Monday.

Nine prisoners were swapped from each side, according to Anadolu Agency reporters on the ground.

The swap took place in Abu al Zindeen, south of the opposition-controlled town of al-Bab, northern Syria, as part of the third project of a working group established as part of the Astana process.

The statement stressed that the working group made up of Turkey, Russia, Iran, and the UN will continue its activities to recover civilians and prisoners on both sides of the Syrian conflict.

The swap comes in the runup to the 12th international high-level meeting on Syria as part of the Astana process, set for April 25-26.

Turkey, Russia, and Iran serve as guarantor states in the Astana peace process.

Although initial prisoner swaps were carried out last November and this February, some half a million people are still thought to be languishing in Syrian regime prisons.

* Writing by Zehra Nur Duz

source: News Feed
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