This Wednesday saw a prisoner swap take place in Idlib between the Nusra Front and the Syrian regime in which seven prisoners were swapped on each side.
According to a news report on the prison swap, the negotiations took place via an institution named “Call of the Prisoner”. However, the report did not clarify the relationship between the Nusra Front and the institution, nor the type of role it played.
Abu Abbas, president of the institution, mentioned in an interview within the media report that among the prisoners being returned to the regime, three are from Ma’arat Masreen and four are from the city of Shabariq. He also mentioned that the negotiations took three months.
An interview was also conducted with one of these prisoners whose name was Mohammed Basim al-Qit. He mentioned that he was from Ma’arat Masreen, that he was a shi’ite, and that he had spent three years in prison.
The report also filmed the handover of two prisoners from the Syrian regime. They were shown to be in threadbare clothes and very visibly tired, in contrast to the prisoners that had been with the opposition and who had seemed to be in good health.