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Israel reports that it has released two Syrian prisoners

UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — Israel has announced that it has released two Syrians imprisoned in the occupied Golan Heights.

According to local media reports, Sidqi al-Maqt and Amal Abu Salah were released following a request by the office of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Media quoted Netanyahu’s office as saying that the release was “a gesture of political will, after the return of the body of Israeli soldier Zechariah Baumel from Syria to Israel”.

In April 2019, Israel returned the remains of Baumel, who had disappeared since the Battle of Sultan Yacoub in 1982 during the war in Lebanon.

53-year-old Al-Maqt, a resident of Majdal Shams village in Golan Heights, was sentenced to 11 years in prison on several charges, including “espionage, treason and support of terrorism”.

While 26-year-old Abu Salah, also a resident of the village of Majdal Shams, was sentenced to 7 years in prison for allegedly wounding two Israeli soldiers in 2015.

Some Israeli media reported that the release of the two Syrians is linked to Russian President Vladimir Putin’s visit to Israel in January as part of Israel’s efforts to release an Israeli woman arrested in Moscow.

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