المرصد السوري لحقوق الانسان
The Syrian Observatory For Human Rights

“Nihal Al-Maqt at her house” | Pro-Syrian regime media outlets promote “heroic” prisoners swap with Israel, under Russian sponsorship

Reliable sources in al-Quneitra have told the Syrian Observatory that there are no Israeli women detained by the regime forces or the Syrian Resistance to the Liberation of the Golan in al-Quneitra, as the Israeli woman of entered Syrian territory by mistake or for personal reasons.

This comes after the Syrian regime announced through its official media outlets a “heroic” prisoner swap with Israel under Russian sponsorship, in which both Nihal al-Maqt and Dhiab Qahmoz will be released in return for the release of an Israeli girl arrested while entering Syrian territory from al-Quneitra by mistake.

In this context, Syrian Observatory sources said that Nahal al-Maqt is not detained at all and her sentence is suspended and she is now at her home in Majdal Shams in the occupied Syrian Golan, at a time when the captive Qahmoz is supposed to be released.

Syrian Observatory sources added that this “heroic” prisoners swap may hide other things.

SOHR sources reported today that more than 15 days has passed since the Russian forces started to excavate the cemetery of Yarmouk camp, south of the capital Damascus, and it is assumed that the Russian side has achieve results regarding the remains of an Israeli soldier who was killed decades ago and buried there, according to the information, amid unconfirmed reports that the remains they search for may be of prominent Israeli agent Elie Cohen, who was killed in the 1960s.

A large number of remaines were exhumed and DNA analysis were carried out in order to reach the Russian target, which has sparked popular discontent in the region, as the Russians desecrated the dead with such operations.

Meanwhile, the Syrian regime is unable to justify this situation to its supporters, as it used to parrot it favourite cliché of “reserving the right to respond” to each Israeli attack on Syrian territory as always.

Russia intends to hand over the remains of the soldier to Israel as it did before, when it handed over the remains of two Israeli soldiers nearly two years ago, who were killed in previous battles in the late 1970s and early 1980s.

The Russian search for the Israeli soldier comes at a time when Syrian airspace, particularly south and west of the capital Damascus, is witnessing a battle between Israeli and regime’s air defense missiles.

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