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Syria frees prisoners in general amnesty.

Syria has released dozens of prisoners after President Bashar al-Assad granted a general amnesty for all crimes committed during the country’s 10-month unrest.

The prisoners, who were arrested for involvement in anti-government acts of violence, were released from Damascus Central Prison on Monday under the supervision of Arab League observers.

According to the Syria’s official news agency, SANA, the pardon would apply to those who joined anti-government demonstrations, those who handed in unlicensed weapons and army deserters who turned themselves in before the end of January.

It was not clear exactly how many prisoners in total would be affected by the presidential amnesty.

Syria says nearly 4,000 prisoners arrested during the country’s unrest have been released since November.

Meanwhile, Arab League’s former Secretary General Amr Moussa has called on the regional bloc to consider sending troops to Syria. Earlier, Qatar’s Emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani called for a military intervention in Syria. Damascus accuses Qatar of arming and funding terrorist groups fighting against Assad government.

Syria has been experiencing unrest since mid-March. Many people have lost their lives in the country over the past ten months. Damascus says over 2,000 security forces have been killed in the unrest.

The West and the Syrian opposition accuse the government of killing protesters. But Damascus blames ”outlaws, saboteurs and armed terrorist groups” for the unrest, insisting that it is being orchestrated from abroad.

The head of the Arab League mission, Sudanese General Mohammed al-Dabi, will report about the situation in Syria on Thursday and Arab foreign ministers will then decide whether to continue the mission, or possibly refer Syria to the UN Security Council.

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