Skip to comments.Syrian rebels 'free' Iranian hostages in swap
Posted on 01/09/2013 3:31:43 AM PST by BlackVeil
Syrian rebel groups have freed 48 Iranians captured last year in exchange for prisoners held by Syrian security services, according to Iran's state-run Press TV.
The report did not specify the number of prisoners freed by the government, but said the group included Turks.
Earlier on Wednesday, the Turkish humanitarian aid agency IHH said that the Syrian government would free 2,130 prisoners in exchange for the Iranians.
Bulent Yildirim, the head of IHH, was in Damascus to help negotiate the deal.
Turkey's state-run Anatolian news agency said the deal was brokered by Turkey and Qatar.
The Iranians were captured in Damascus in August by rebel groups, who said the prisoners were members of Iran's Revolutionary Guard.
Tehran denied this, saying they were pilgrims visiting a Shia shrine in Syria.