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JULY 2020

Damascus Swaps Prisoners With Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham


The Damascus government and Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) swapped dozens of prisoners near the crossing of al-Eis in southwestern Aleppo on May 17 as a part of new deal.

According to the Syrian Arab Army News Agency (SAA), HTS released nine captives including two women and a child. In return, the Damascus government released twenty-seven prisoners from its jails.

Damascus Swaps Prisoners With Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham

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This was the second such a deal between Damascus and HTS in 2019. Last March, Damascus released three prisoners in exchange for a map of Syrian soldiers graves around the Abu Duhur airbase in the southeastern Idlib.

Back then, Omar Ottoman, an official in HTS, told the group’s news network that the they are in talks with the Damascus government to finalize more prisoners exchange deals.

The SANA said in its recent report that the Damascus government is making “great efforts” to free all the remaining captives in “all possible means.” This indicates that we may see more deals in the near future.

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  • You can call me Al

    Good move.

    • klove and light

      espeically when some are now working for SAA …. gggg

  • Xoli Xoli

    Why is numbers uneven.

    • Astrid Watanabe

      Look at the picture. The released captives are happy. Why haggle over numbers.

  • Xoli Xoli

    Just kill the HTS prisoners. Eye for an eye.Just as the chop off SAA soldiers heads and send them to Erdogan.

  • Empire’s Frontiers

    Track the rats back to their holes and dens while bringing some of the boys home.