Syrian authorities have freed
dozens of women prisoners and cleared a prominent young blogger
for release in one of the final stages of a three-way hostage
deal, a monitoring group said on Thursday.
President Bashar Assad's government has released 61 women
over the past two days as part of the Qatari- and
Turkish-brokered deal, the British-based Syrian Observatory for
Human Rights said.
A Syrian court also granted amnesty to Tal al-Mallohi, a
blogger arrested while in her late teens more than a year before
the revolt in Syria began in March 2011, the Observatory said.
Mallohi, the grand-daughter of a former minister, was
detained for political writing in 2009. The pro-opposition
Observatory said her release was imminent.