World Prisoner exchange between Israel and Syria underway: State media
Celebrities who narrated books
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A prisoner swap between Syria and Israel, mediated by Russia, is under way.
Damascus is securing the release of two Syrians held in Israel in exchange for releasing an Israeli woman who entered Syria by mistake, Syria’s official news agency SANA reported on Wednesday.
The report did not provide details on when the Syrians were taken prisoners in Israel or when the Israeli woman entered Syria.
IS ambush kills 26 pro-regime fighters in Syria
The Islamic State group Monday killed 26 pro-regime fighters in eastern Syria, as alarm grew following a spate of murders including beheadings in a camp housing families of the jihadists. Early Monday, an IS ambush in the eastern province of Deir Ezzor killed 26 pro-regime fighters, including seven Syrian troops, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. Eleven jihadists were also killed, it said.It was the latest in a long string of attacks on pro-regime forces.Last week IS killed 19 in central Syria, and in December nearly 40 Syrian troops died when IS ambushed a bus carrying soldiers travelling home for the holidays.
Nihal al-Makt, one of the Syrians, comes from a family with several members former prisoners in Israeli prisons.
SANA reported that the two Syrians are natives of the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights.
Israel captured the territory in the 1967 Six-Day War and annexed it in 1981, a move that is not recognised internationally.
Al-Makt’s brother was released last year in a prisoner exchange, also mediated by Russia, which came after Syria returned the remains of an Israeli soldier killed in a 1982 battle.
Israeli officials declined to comment. There was no immediate Russian comment.
Israeli media reported late on Tuesday that the Israeli government had convened for deliberations regarding a recent incident related to Syria.
Syria Wants End to Israel's 'Terrorizing' Strikes and Russia, Iran, Turkey Agree .
Syria's U.N. mission told Newsweek that "repeated Israeli attacks on the Syrian sovereignty are not only a technical issue related to the safety of civil air traffic in Syrian airspace, but rather an act of aggression that violates the 1974 ceasefire agreement."Newsweek recently reported on the hazards associated with multiple countries operating in Syria's crowded airspaces, where military and civilian aircraft face increasing risks from the country's civil conflict, which reaches it's 10th anniversary next month.