Syria hands over Iraqi prisoners to Baghdad
Azerbaijan, Baku, Oct 23 /Trend A.Taghiyeva/
Syrian authorities agreed to transfer Iraqi prisoners to Baghdad without preconditions, TV channel Al Jazeera reported, citing the Ministry of Justice of Iraq.
The two countries signed an agreement on the matter. There are also those who participated in the protests against the ruling Syrian regime among the Iraqi prisoners.
Al-Jazeera emphasizes that the number of Iraqi prisoners, whom will be transferred to Baghdad, amounts to several thousand people.
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad announced a general amnesty on Tuesday. The amnesty is the most extensive compared to previous ones, but it doesn't apply to the rebels.
Anti-government protests have continued in Syria for a year and half.
According to UN, the total number of victims of the conflict in Syria is nearing 30,000.
More than 230,000 have become refugees with around three million in need of humanitarian assistance. The Syrian authorities say they oppose the well-armed militants.