UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — Israel announced, on Thursday evening, that it was about to release two Syrian prisoners held by it, in a move that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office considered a “goodwill gesture,” according to Hebrew media.
The newspaper “Yediot Aharonot” said that Israel will begin the release of the two prisoners, Sidqi al-Muqtat and Amal Abu Saleh, at midnight local time, 22:00 GMT.
It quoted Netanyahu’s office as saying that the step is a “political gesture and a step to show goodwill, after Israel recovers the remains of (soldier) Zakharia Baomel.”
In April 2019, Israel, through Russian mediation, recovered the remains of “Baumel”, who was killed in the battle of “Sultan Yaqoub”, between Syrian and Israeli forces 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 upcoming 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 citizen, “Naam Asskhar”. , After being convicted of possession of narcotic drugs in the Russian capital.
The newspaper quoted the Israeli Prison Authority, saying that it is expected that Abu Saleh will be released from the “Hermon” prison (north) within the midnight of Thursday, while the abomination will be released on Friday morning from “Ketziot” prison (Negev desert – South).
She explained that Amal Abu Saleh (26 years), from the village of Majdal Shams in the occupied Syrian Golan, is carrying out a prison sentence of 7 years and eight months, for the charge of killing a wounded Syrian and wounding two Israeli soldiers in mid-2015.
Sidky Al-Malat, 53, 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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