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Syria frees 1,180 prisoners
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The prisoners were released on Tuesday, the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) reported.

Earlier on November 5, 553 detainees were also released on the occasion of Eid al-Adha.

Syria has chosen to free the prisoners as part of efforts to end the months-long unrest in the country.

The release of prisoners comes as on Monday, Syrian Foreign Minister
Walid al-Muallem censured a decision made by the Arab League (AL) to
suspend the country's membership.

The Syrian foreign minister said that the decision against Damascus
was made despite the implementation of measures requested by the AL to
end the unrest in the country.

The Arab League announced the suspension of Syria during an
emergency session in Cairo on Saturday and called for the imposition of
sanctions on Syria.

Muallem described the decision as “illegitimate and dangerous.”

Millions of Syrians took to the streets in several cities across the
country on Sunday to condemn the Arab League decision and express their
support for the government of President Bashar al-Assad.

Syria has been experiencing unrest since mid-March, with
demonstrations being held both against and in support of President

Hundreds of people, including members of the security forces, have been killed in the turmoil.

On Tuesday, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said 34 Syrian
soldiers were killed in an attack by armed groups in the southern
province of Daraa. According to the observatory, 12 armed men and over
20 civilians were also killed in the clashes.

The opposition and Western countries accuse security forces of being
behind the killings in Syria over the past months, but the government
blames outlaws, saboteurs and armed terrorist groups for the deadly
violence, saying that the unrest is being orchestrated from abroad.

Added: Nov-15-2011 
By: FlipDaScrip
Other Middle East
Tags: Syria, Uprising, Prisoners, Released, Change, Assad, Revolution, Rebellion
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