DAMASCUS, Syria, The Daesh group released six hostages, taken in the southern province of Sweida, Saturday. The released hostages include two women and four children, who had been captured by the militants during an offensive at dawn of July 25.
Altogether 30 people were taken hostage at the time, three of whom had died while in captivity.
Citing the governor of Sweida, Amer al-Ashi, the release of the first batch of hostages came, as a result of the tight siege imposed by the Syrian Army on the militants in the Tulol al-Safa hills, in the eastern countryside of Sweida. He noted that the rest will be set free soon.
Meanwhile, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said, the release comes due to a deal reached recently, with the backing of Russia. The Britain-based watchdog group said, the Syrian Army has brought in reinforcements to the surroundings of the Tulol al-Safa, as a pressure on the Daesh, to start implementing the deal.
The observatory said that, 60 women from government jails are to be released, in exchange for the Sweida hostages, as these women appear to be relatives of the Daesh fighters. The Daesh also demanded the release of their relatives from the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), in north-eastern Syria.
Calm prevails Tulol al-Safa, where the militants are besieged, said the observatory. It added that, if the Daesh fails to release the rest of the hostages, the army will continue the assault on Tulol al-Safa.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK