Nearly 200 militants surrendered to authorities in Aleppo, Sputnik reports.
According to the Russian Reconciliation Center for Syria representative Soslan Tseboyev, 198 militants had left the territory which is not controlled by the Syrian government via a security checkpoint. The Syrian security forces performed body searches, while the Russian military police ensured security. The militants were unarmed, and many of them were wounded, according to Tseboyev.
“The reconciliation center and the Syrian authorities agreed to withdraw the members of illegal armed groups from the northern part of Aleppo, ensure their safe passage and further amnesty,” he added.
The surrendered militants will be granted pardon, according to Abdullah Hussein, a representative of the Aleppo provincial administration.
“The law on amnesty was adopted on the initiative of our President Bashar Assad. This is a very just decision, because more often people just find themselves in the wrong place at the wrong time, while they did not have any intention of fighting against their country. Thus, in our province alone, more than 1,500 people have returned to a normal life,” he said.
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad issued a decree granting a general amnesty to all militants who would surrender willfully in July of 2017.