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Syrian authorities to release over 2,000 civilian prisoners

Politics Materials 9 January 2013 12:05
Syrian authorities will release 2,100 civilian prisoners today, who were earlier detained in demonstrations in the country, Turkish Anadolu news agency reported on Wednesday.
Syrian authorities to release over 2,000 civilian prisoners

Azerbaijan, Baku, Jan.9 / Trend, A.Taghiyeva /

Syrian authorities will release 2,100 civilian prisoners today, who were earlier detained in demonstrations in the country, Turkish Anadolu news agency reported on Wednesday.

There are Turkish citizens among the prisoners. It is reported that the Syrian authorities agreed to release prisoners in exchange for 48 Iranian citizens detained earlier by Syrian opposition forces.

Exchange of prisoners will be held through the mediation of Qatar and Turkey.

Anti-government protests have continued in Syria for more than a year and half.
According to UN human rights commissioner, the total number of victims of the conflict in Syria exceeds 60,000. 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.

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