Hayat Tahrir al-Sham and Iran agree on exchange deal

تحرير حسن برهان | ترجمة غلوري جابر | تحرير الترجمة Vera Halvorsen 🕔 تم النشر بتاريخ : 17 يوليو، 2018 11:39:47 ص خبر عسكريسياسي هيئة تحرير الشام

Idlib - SMART

On Tuesday, the Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) reached an agreement with Iran to evacuate the residents of the villages of Kufriya and al-Fo'a, loyal to the Syrian government, in exchange for releasing 1,500 detainees from the Syrian government's prisons.

The HTS is an opposition group previously known as the al-Nusra Front, consisting of fighting groups including the Haqq Brigade, Jabhat Ansar al-Deen, and Jaysh al-Sunnah.

An informed source in the negotiations told SMART that the agreement includes the evacuation of all residents in the two towns, which are located in the vicinity of the city of Idlib, Northern Syria, and besieged by the HTS. In return, 1,500 detainees and dozens of military prisoners should be released.

The source explained that the 1,500 detainees include 80 percent of those arrested by the Syrian government since the beginning of 2018 until the end of April. 10 percent of the detainees were arrested in 2017 and the remaining 10 percent were arrested years ago.

The source stated that the agreement calls for the Syrian government to release 40 prisoners of the factions of the HTS, the Syrian Liberation Front and the Free Idlib Army, in addition to four civilians detained by the Syrian government's militias in the two towns.

The source said that the agreement will enter into force in the next few days, adding that the people of the two towns will leave in more than 100 buses.

The source stated that Iran agreed to negotiate with the HTS after the HTS intended to launch a military operation against the two towns. The source added that the negotiations were held on the phone.

The HTS has already concluded agreements with the Syrian government on the two towns. The agreement included the evacuation of a number of the towns' residents in exchange for the evacuation of HTS members from the Yarmouk camp in Damascus to Idlib in Northern Syria.

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تحرير حسن برهان | ترجمة غلوري جابر | تحرير الترجمة Vera Halvorsen 🕔 تم النشر بتاريخ : 17 يوليو، 2018 11:39:47 ص خبر عسكريسياسي هيئة تحرير الشام
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