Israel and Syria completed a prisoner swap on Thursday when an Israeli woman held by Syria was exchanged for two Syrians being held by Israel. Negotiations leading up to the swap were mediated by Russian officials and reportedly began around February 8. According to Israeli officials, the Israeli woman has a history of attempting to enter the land of Israel’s neighbors and was detained when she tried to enter Syria in early February. The two Syrians were released to Red Cross representatives through the Quneitra Crossing in Syria. Israel had originally agreed to return two Golan Heights residents but plans changed when one of the two prisoners—a former member of Hezbollah—refused to be returned to Syria, and the other was needed for further questioning by Israeli officials.
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