With the help of Russian mediation, Damascus is securing the release of two Syrians held in Israel in exchange for releasing an Israeli woman that entered Syria by mistake, Syria’s official news agency reported Wednesday.
The report did not provide details on when the Syrians were taken prisoners in Israel or when the Israeli woman entered Syria.
The SANA news agency said the two Syrians are natives of the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights. Nihal al-Makt, one of the Syrian captives, comes from a family of former prisoners in Israeli prisons. Her brother was released in an exchange of prisoners last year, also mediated by Russia, that came after Syria returned the remains of an Israeli soldier killed during a battle in 1982.
SANA said that the Israeli woman entered Syria’s Quneitra province by mistake and was taken into Syrian custody.
Israeli officials declined to comment. There was no immediate Russian comment.
Israeli media reported late Tuesday that the Israeli government had convened for deliberations regarding a recent incident related to Syria. Israel’s Haaretz newspaper reported that communications with Damascus, related to humanitarian issues, were mediated by Russia.
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