DAMASCUS, SYRIA (1:00 A.M.) – On Thursday, Jaish Al-Islam and the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) struck a prisoner exchange deal with one another in the Yarmouk pocket of southern Damascus.
The Syrian Government released 6 people, two of whom were Free Syrian Army (FSA) fighters and four women accused of spying for the armed Syrian Opposition in the capital, spotting checkpoints and military positions for rebel forces to shell in downtown Damascus.
In return, Jaish Al-Islam let go a man and his wife who were arrested by the Saudi-backed Islamist group over a year ago, accused of spying on jihadist insurgents and leaking information to the Syrian intelligence apparatus.
The prisoner exchange took place in a calm fashion on Thursday afternoon at the Yalda crossing area which has been under ceasefire since 2014.
Meanwhile, Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS) agreed to evacuate their militants from the Yarmouk pocket a couple of days ago, and will soon hand over their urban territories to the SAA in return for a new future in Idlib.
Last week, Jaish Al-Islam reportedly released over a hundred Alawite prisoners in return for over 50 humanitarian aid convoys entering Douma, the last Islamist stronghold in rural Damascus.