Israel refused to release the two Syrian nationals it had promised to release in exchange for the delivery of the body of one of its soldiers by the Syrian side.
According to the daily Asharq Al-Awsat, “Israel did not release Sedqi al-Maqat and Amal Abu Saleh, two Syrian nationals of Majdal Shams origin, located in the Golan Heights, whom it had promised to release in exchange for the delivery of the body of its soldier Zachary Baumel. Israel simply handed over Ahmed Khamis and Zidane Tawil to the International Committee of the Red Cross via the Quneitra crossing point.
Sedqi al-Maqat worked for a news channel linked to the legal government of Syria and had published an article about the Israeli regime’s collaboration with terrorists in Syria.
Ahmed Khamis and Zeydan Tavil are not as important as Sedqi al-Maqat and Amal Abu Saleh.
Zidane Tawil is a drug trafficker whose prison sentence is expected to end within two months and Ahmed Khamis, who lived in the Palestinian refugee camp of Yarmouk, a suburb of Damascus, is not among the leading figures of the Fatah Movement.
Citing corroborating sources from the Syrian government, the daily Asharq Al-Awsat reported that negotiations to exchange other prisoners were continuing.
Damascus promised the families of Sedqi al-Maqat and Amal Abu Saleh to negotiate the delivery of the bodies of other Israeli soldiers under Russian mediation.