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Syrian government, rebels swap more than 100 prisoners in Hama

The Syrian government and rebel groups swapped dozens of women prisoners and hostages, some of them with their children, in Hama province on Tuesday evening, a monitor and a rebel official said.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a British-based war monitor, said government representatives and rebels exchanged 112 people, including 24 children, in the rebel-held Qalaat al-Madiq town in rural Hama. Many had been detained for years.
About half the women were released from government prisons and then taken to opposition-held areas, the Observatory said.
In return, the others, along with three unidentified men, were set free by various rebel groups and shuttled to government-controlled areas along the coast.
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