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Friday, 21 April 2017 | MYT 9:00 PM

Syrian rebel official says government has agreed to free 500 prisoners

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Rebels have reached an agreement with the Syrian government for it to release 500 prisoners who will then cross into rebel territory on Friday as part of a swap deal between the warring sides, a rebel official told Reuters.

Mohamad Abu Zeid, a spokesman for the Ahrar al-Sham faction, said negotiations had concluded and the prisoners would arrive in a rebel-held area outside Aleppo city "within hours".

(Reporting by Ellen Francis; editing by Richard Lough)