Syrian rebels free 48 Iranian hostages while Assad vows to continue fighting

Bulent Yildirim, the head of the Turkish aid organization, said that only 1,000 people have been released so far, including 74 women and a number of children between the ages of 13 and 15.

An official in Syria’s Interior Ministry said Wednesday that a group or prisoners would be released later in the day from the police headquarters in Damascus.

The reported deal would mark the first major prisoner swap since the uprising against Mr. Assad began in March 2011.

Regime forces and rebels have exchanged prisoners before, but the numbers ranged from two to 20 prisoners.

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