World Middle East 12 Apr 2017 Syria population tra ...

Syria population transfer begins with exchange of prisoners

AP
Published Apr 12, 2017, 1:55 pm IST
Updated Apr 12, 2017, 2:01 pm IST
Military-run media said rebels released 8 women, 4 children and 8 bodies while pro-govt militias freed 19 gunmen and released 1 body.
The exchange came as part of a deal to evacuate over 10,000 residents from two opposition-held areas near Damascus and the two villages in northern Syria. (Photo: Representational/AP)
 The exchange came as part of a deal to evacuate over 10,000 residents from two opposition-held areas near Damascus and the two villages in northern Syria. (Photo: Representational/AP)

Beirut: A Syrian official and an opposition monitoring group say the government and rebels have exchanged 30 prisoners and nine bodies, part of an agreement to evacuate four besieged areas in different parts of the country.

Hakim Baghdad, a member of the relief committee for two rebel-besieged villages in northwestern Syria, said on Wednesday the overnight release was overseen by the Syrian Arab Red Crescent. The Red Crescent had no immediate comment.

 

Military-run media said rebels released eight women, four children and eight bodies. Pro-government militias freed 19 gunmen and released one body.

The exchange came as part of a deal to evacuate over 10,000 residents from two opposition-held areas near Damascus and the two villages in northern Syria, an agreement that critics say amounts to forced displacement.

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Location: Lebanon, Beirut, Beirut




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