The Syrian government says it freed only 25 prisoners in exchange for 13 Greek Orthodox nuns who had been held by al-Qaida-linked rebels -- and not 150 as was reported earlier.
The Syrian government says it freed only 25 prisoners in exchange for 13 Greek Orthodox nuns who had been held by al-Qaida-linked rebels — and not 150 as was reported earlier.
Qatari and Lebanese officials, who were mediating between Damascus and the rebels holding the nuns had said 150 women prisoners were released.
Syrian Information Minister Omran al-Zoubi insists only 25 prisoners were freed as part of the deal. He spoke on Tuesday on state TV and did not say if the 25 were women.
His remarks were a rare acknowledgement by President Bashar Assad’s government on its actions surrounding the internationally-brokered exchange.
- WWU cancels classes Tuesday after racial threats on social media
- Seahawks bringing back RB Bryce Brown, adding depth with Marshawn Lynch's situation uncertain
- Like teammate Marshawn Lynch, Seattle Seahawks rookie Thomas Rawls craves contact
- Seattle Seahawks Tuesday ramblings: What got Cary Williams benched? And more
- Reports: Seattle Seahawks' RB Marshawn Lynch out at least four weeks, set for surgery Wednesday
Most Read Stories
Damascus typically does not comment on releases in exchange for people held by rebels.
The nuns were abducted by al-Qaida-linked Nusra Front rebel group in December.