In a rare prisoner swap deal, Al-Qaeda's Syrian branch the Nusra Front and the Islamic State group have reached their own agreement for a “cessation of hostilities” in the embattled Yarmouk refugee camp south of Damascus, source told Zaman al-Wasl Thursday.
The deal came after fierce clashes between both parties who were excluded from the US-Russian brokered ceasefire agreement in Syria. The swap took place in the Yarmouk refugee camp, the source said.
The ISIS-Nusra deal called on a halt to attacks and the targeting of commanders on both sides and to release prisoners.
ISIS fighters who control al-Hajar al-Aswad and Nusra fighters who control the next-door Yarmouk camp have repeatedly engaged in skirmishes that left casualties on both sides.
The last clashes left six people dead including two senior ISIS commanders.
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