Tuesday 20 February 2018

Hundreds of prisoners freed under peace plan

James Hider in Damascus

SYRIA has released 755 prisoners who were detained in the government crackdown on dissents over the past nine months, the country's state-run news agency (SANA) said.

SANA said the release excludes prisoners with "blood on their hands".

The release of prisoners is one of the terms of the Arab League peace plan to stop the bloodshed in Syria and comes a day after Arab monitors were allowed to deploy in the country to ensure authorities are complying with the plan.

US-based Human Rights Watch had just accused Syrian authorities of hiding hundreds of detainees from the observers now in the country. It said the detainees have been transferred to off-limits military sites.

Irish Independent

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