Aleppo: Almost 200 militants surrender to Syrian authorities

Aleppo: Almost 200 militants surrender to Syrian authorities

Some in Aleppo have surrendered (Stock image)

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Almost 200 militants have surrendered to Syrian authorities in Aleppo, according to the Russian Ministry of Defence.

This is because the government in Syria has said some militants can be given amnesty, according to Sputnik News.

Spokesperson Soslan Tseboyev said 198 militants have agreed to surrender and "the reconciliation centre and the Syrian authorities agreed to withdraw the members of illegal armed groups from the northern part of Aleppo, ensure their safe passage and further amnesty."

He explained that most militants are no longer in territory out of the control of Syria, and are unarmed and wounded.

Tseboyev added that whilst Russian forces enforced security in Aleppo, Syrian forces searched the militants.

A spokesman for the Aleppo provincial administration also said the amnesty law was implemented due to the "initiative of our President Bashar Assad."

Abdullah Hussein claimed it is a "just decision" as many people "find themselves in the wrong place at the wrong time while they did not have any intention of fighting against their country.

He claimed: "Thus, in our province alone, more than 1,500 people have returned to a normal life."

The decree to give amnesty to those who did not want to fight was first announced by Assad last year.