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Syria releases 1,180 people held during protests

Syria on Tuesday released a total of 1,180 people, who were arrested during the eight-month long unrest in the country and didn't commit homicide crimes.

world Updated: Nov 16, 2011 07:40 IST

Syria on Tuesday released a total of 1,180 people, who were arrested during the eight-month long unrest in the country and didn't commit homicide crimes, the state-run SANA news agency reported.

Earlier this month, Syria had released 553 prisoners on the occasion of Eid al-Adha, Xinhua reported.

According to a private Al-Watan newspaper, statistics of the National Hospital in the central province of Homs showed as many as 3,230 civilians and military personnel had been killed or injured by "armed gangs" in the province since the eruption of unrest in the country in mid-March.

Activists said thousands of people had been detained during the eight-month-old unrest in Syria.

Protesters in Syria seek the release of those arrested during the crisis which, they say, is also part of a peace deal reached between the Syrian government and the Arab League, aimed at bringing an end to the Syrian political crisis.