المرصد السوري لحقوق الانسان
The Syrian Observatory For Human Rights

Under Turkish – Russian supervision, a prisoner exchange took place between the factions and the regime forces at Abu al-Zendin crossing northeast of Aleppo

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights learned from several reliable sources that a prisoner exchange took place between pro-Turkish factions and the regime forces, and in details obtained by the Syrian Observatory: the exchange took place through Abu al-Zendin crossing in Tadef area in the northeastern countryside of Aleppo, where the factions handed over 15 members of the regime forces of who they captured; in exchange for the extradition of 14 detainees who were in the prisons of the regime forces including civilians and former fighters of the factions, who were captured earlier during previous military operations, and the sources added to the Syrian Observatory that the operation was carried out by Turkish – Russian support under the supervision of a delegation from the International Red Cross.

And the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights published on the 22nd of April 2019 that the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights learned from several reliable sources that a new exchange deal is now taking place between Hayyaat Tahrir al-Sham and between the regime forces, and in the details obtained by the Syrian Observatory: the exchange is taking place at al-Eis crossing in the southern countryside of Aleppo, where the Regime forces will release 27 detainees, they are 5 men and 22 women, in exchange for releasing 7 of the regime forces and militiamen loyal to them by Tahrir al-Sham, this exchange which is supervised by mediators comes after less than a month of a similar operation, where the Syrian Observatory published on the 22nd of April 2019 that the Syrian Observatory learned from several reliable sources that a new prisoner exchange took place between the regime forces and factions on Monday, the 22nd of April 2019, and in the details obtained by the Syrian Observatory: exchange took place through Abu al-Zendin crossing in Tadef area in the northeastern sector of Aleppo countryside, where the factions handed over 9 members of the regime forces of who they captured, in exchange for handing over 9 faction fighters by the regime forces who were captured earlier during the military operations, and the sources told the Syrian Observatory that the operation took place with the presence of representatives of the Russians and the Turks, and the Syrian Observatory published on the 12th of February 2019, that Syrian Observatory for Human Rights learned from intersected sources that an exchange operation took place between the regime forces and their allies and between factions working in the northeastern countryside of Aleppo, where reliable sources confirmed that an exchange process took place through Abu al-Zendin crossing in Tadef area in the northeastern countryside of Aleppo, which is controlled by the Turkish Forces and the rebel and Islamic factions of “Euphrates Shield” Operation, where the factions delivered 20 members of the regime forces they captured in exchange for handing over the same number mentioned above of who were arrested by the regime forces including 11 citizen women, where the operation took place under the supervision of the Syrian Red Crescent, and the Syrian Observatory published on the 24th of November 2018, that the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights learned that an exchange of prisoners and detainees took place in Aleppo countryside, under Russian – Turkish supervision, and in the details monitored by the Syrian Observatory: an exchange took place through the Abu al-Zendin crossing in the northeastern countryside of Aleppo, between factions operating in the area and the regime forces, where 10 prisoners of the regime forces and militiamen loyal to them were released by factions operating in Aleppo, in exchange of releasing 10 detainees from jails of the regime forces, and reliable sources confirmed that the operation was conducted under a Turkish – Russian supervision over the exchange operation that took place at Abu al-Zendin crossing.

The Syrian Observatory published on the 8th of November 2018 that the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights obtained information from intersected sources, who confirmed to the Syrian Observatory that 3 of al-Suwaidaa abductees (2 children and a woman) died before the abductees were handed over to the Syrian regime in the eastern desert of al-Sokhna, where the body of the woman is still missing but the bodies of both children were brought, raising to 6 people (2 children, a boy and 3 citizen women), the number of abductees who died and executed by the “Islamic State” Organization and during the detention period, which began on the 25th of July 2018. Reliable sources told the Syrian Observatory that the discontent is mixed with happiness of al-Suwaidaa people for the return of abductees, and this resentment comes against the backdrop of the death of the 6 abductees; amid regime’s carelessness and its attempt to promote a “victory” by promoting that a military operation released the kidnapped people, at a time where the people are questioning the ways in which the kidnapped people were transported for hundreds of kilometers across the desert; while Tlul al-Safa area is still besieged by the regime forces and their allies of Syrian and non-Syrian nationalities.

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