Fighting eases at Syria’s Aleppo prison, activists say

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Fighting between the Syrian army and opposition fighters in a prison in the northern city of Aleppo eased on Thursday, a day after insurgents attacked the facility, activists said.

Extremist jihadist groups assaulted the government-controlled prison on Wednesday night, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said, in statements carried by Agence France-Presse.

The army responded to the attack by firing a barrage of shells at the area around the prison, AFP reported.

After midnight, “the intensity of the fighting decreased between the army and members of the al-Qaeda-linked al-Nusra Front and another Islamist faction Ahrar al-Sham,” The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

The Observatory, a UK-based group that relies on a network of activists and other sources in war-torn Syria for its reports, was unable to say if the army managed to repel the insurgents.

The watchdog added that the clashes did not reach the buildings holding thousands of prisoners. Most are common criminals but some are Islamist militants, according to AFP.

The prison is located on the northern outskirts of Aleppo, Syria’s commercial capital. The city has been besieged by rebels since April.

The Observatory denounced the “alarming” health conditions at the prison, including reported cases of tuberculosis and scabies.

(With AFP)

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