Syria releases 61 women detainees in hostage-swap deal as electricity returns to the city
61 Syrian female detainees released by Syrian government in exchange for two Turkish Pilots and nine Lebanese Shia Muslims. [aljazeera.com]
The government of president Bashar Al-Assad realsed a total of 61 women detainees in a three-way prisoner exchange deal, a human rights activist announced Thursday, a move which represents an ambitious negotiated deal in the country's civil war.
The 61 female prisoners were freed in the past two days as part of a hostage-swap deal brokered by Qatar and the Palestinian Authority who saw to the release of nine Lebanese Shiite Muslims and two Turkish Pilots.
Syrian officials have refrained from giving out information on the released prisioners or their whereabouts.
The Syrian crisis was prompted by peaceful protesters in March 2011, and resulted in a severe and worsening civil war, which left 100,000 people dead and 2 million people displaced into neighbouring countries.
An attack by Syrian rebels on gas pipeline near Damascus Wednesday , plunged the Capital and other parts of the country into nationwide darkness.
Electricity Minister, Imad Khamis, told Syrian' state news agency that elictricity should be restored to all areas within 24 hours.
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