Kurdish forces have killed 16 ISIS members in Syria prison clashes, according to a war monitor.
Earlier reports said at least 18 Kurdish security forces, including guards, were killed in an ongoing ISIS attack on a Syrian prison housing thousands of suspected terrorists, a war monitor said Friday.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitor, which relies on a network of sources inside Syria, also said at least 16 ISIS members were killed in the clashes.
The fighting was triggered by an ISIS attack Thursday night on the Ghwayran prison, said the Britain-based Observatory.
“The number of those killed among Kurdish internal security forces and prison guards stands at 18,” the Observatory said, calling it the largest such attack since the ISIS group was declared defeated in 2019.
The war monitor said the dead were not officially affiliated with the Syrian Democratic Forces -- the semi-autonomous Kurdish administration’s defacto army.