Sunni, Shiite rivals free hostages

Tension remains high as Syrian military lobs Scuds at rebels

Posted: February 23, 2013 at 5:17 a.m.

A Syrian girl hangs clothes Friday in the Azaz camp for displaced people, north of Syria’s Aleppo province. According to Syrian activists, the number of people in the camp has grown by 3,000 in the recent weeks because of heavier shelling by government forces.

Gunmen from rival Sunni and Shiite Muslim villages in northern Syria have freed more than 200 people snatched in tit-for-tat kidnappings this month, easing tensions that threatened to touch off more sectarian violence, activists said Friday.

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