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Israel frees two Syrian prisoners

UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — On Friday, Israel released two Syrian prisoners held by it from the occupied Golan Heights.

On Friday, the Arab Broadcasting Corporation said that Israel released Sidqi Al-Muqt and Amal Abu Saleh.

The Israeli Prime Minister’s Office said in a statement that the move came “as a gesture of goodwill following the return of the remains of Soldier Zakharia Powell from Syria to Israel.”

In April 2019, Israel, through Russian mediation, recovered the remains of “Baumel”, who was killed in the battle of “Sultan Yaqoub”, during the 1982 Lebanon war.

According to the Hebrew newspaper, it is not yet clear whether the release of the two prisoners was related to the forthcoming visit of Russian President Vladimir Putin to Tel Aviv, later this January, and to the pressure exerted by the latter on Moscow to release the Israeli “Naama Askarshar”, after being convicted of possession Narcotic drugs in the Russian capital.

The newspaper quoted the Israel Prison Service, saying that Abu Saleh is expected to be released from the “Hermon” prison (north) within the midnight of Thursday (the last), while Friday will be released from “Ketziot” prison (the Negev desert – South).

She explained that Amal Abu Saleh (26 years), from the village of Majdal Shams in the occupied Syrian Golan, was implementing a prison sentence of 7 years and eight months, for the injury of two Israeli soldiers in mid-2015.

Sidqi Al-Muqt (53 years), who is also from Majdal Shams, is also serving an 11-year prison sentence since 2015 for spying, supporting terrorism and communicating with a hostile organization, which is the second sentence against him, as Israel released him in 2012 after 27 years he spent in its prisons, according to the same source.

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