DEBKAfile was founded by a team of journalists in June 2000 as an independent Internet Web site, providing an intelligence and security news service. February 13, 2017, 12:32 PM (IDT)
Syrian state media reported Monday that the government was “always ready” to exchange prisoners in its jails for people “kidnapped by terrorist groups”, “particularly in the framework of efforts being made for the coming meeting in Astana” on Feb. 15-16. There was no immediate reaction to the offer from rebel groups.
Earlier this month, the Syrian government and rebel groups swapped dozens of women prisoners and hostages, some of them with their children, in the northwestern Hama province.
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