Police brought in water cannon to control thousands of hysterically happy Syrians, as they attempted to mob the two Red Cross planes which brought 382 Arab prisoners home to Damascus on Thursday (6 June).
Police brought in water cannon to control thousands of hysterically happy Syrians, as they attempted to mob the two Red Cross planes which brought 382 Arab prisoners home to Damascus on Thursday (6 June). The prisoners included 10 Tragis, five Moroccans and six members of the Palestine Liberation Army.
The prisoner exchange between Israel and Syria began last Saturday (1 June) when wounded soldiers were returned by both sides.
One of the first Syrians off the aircraft complained that he and his companions had been mistreated by the Israelis. And later, an official statement echoed these complaints, but did not give specific details.
Earlier, Syria sent 56 Israeli prisoners home to Tel Aviv after a guided sight-seeing tour of Damascus. The Syrians said the Israelis had been treated well during their confinement.
There were wildly emotional scenes as Prime Minister Mahmoud Al-Ayoubi and defence Minister Mustapha Tlas welcomed the prisoners. And the welcome did not end when they were driven away from the airport. An impromptu motorcade of relatives and friends joyfully followed the returned men into Damascus.
And as both sides swapped prisoners, Untied Nations officials reported that troops on either side of the Golan Heights buffer zone were thinning out. They said, too, more than a thousand members of the UN observer force of 1250 were already in position, and the remainder would be in the buffer zone by the end of the week