An armed group operating in southern Suweida province has made a swap with the regime army, releasing eight fighters loyal to Bashar al-Assad, local activists said Sunday.
The forces of Sheikh al-Karama, formed mainly of Druze community fighters, said the regime has freed a senior commander after two months of detention.
In return, they have freed five officers, two Hezbollah militants and one soldier.
Suweida has been spared the same scale of devastating violence, fighting and mass detainment that has rocked communities elsewhere in the country over the course of Syria’s nine-year civil war.
The Syrian Network for Human Rights recorded that at least 1.2 million Syrian citizens were subjected to arrest and torture, and approximately 147,000 people are still under arbitrary detention or enforced disappearance and torture.
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