Israel Releases Two Syrian Prisoners

                         Israel Releases Two Syrian Prisoners

Israel has released two Syrian prisoners in what it described as a goodwill gesture following the repatriation of the remains of an Israeli soldier who went missing more than thirty- five years ago.

In a statement on Sunday, the Israeli military said the two prisoners were transferred to the International Committee of the Red Cross at Quneitra crossing on the armistice line with the Syrian Golan Heights.

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Israel’s Prisons Service identified the freed men as Ahmed Khamis, from a Palestinian refugee camp near Damascus, and Zidan Taweel, from the Syrian Druze village of Hader.

Khamis was a member of the Fatah faction who was jailed in 2005 after trying to attack an Israeli army base, and Taweel was jailed in 2008 for drug smuggling.

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