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Syria releases more female detainees

on October 24, 2013 10:00 AM

BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian authorities have released a total of 61 female detainees, an activist group said today, the latest in a three-way prisoner exchange that was one of the more ambitious negotiated deals in the country’s civil war in which rival factions remain largely opposed to any bartered peace.

Meanwhile, electricity returned to parts of Damascus, hours after a power cut plunged the capital and other parts of the country into darkness.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said today the government of President Bashar Assad had freed the women over the past two days.

There was no immediate comment from Syrian officials, nor details on who the women are or their current location.

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