Syrian opposition fighters ‘assault’ Aleppo prison

Syrian opposition fighters assaulted a regime-controlled prison in Aleppo on Wednesday. (File photo: Reuters)

Syrian opposition fighters assaulted a regime-controlled central prison in the northern city of Aleppo on Wednesday, an NGO said.

The fighters launched an attack on the administration block of the prison which has been under siege for months, Agence France-Presse reported the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights as saying.

The assault is the first since the siege on the prison began and was carried out by fighters from the al-Qaeda affiliated al-Nusra Front and another Islamist faction, Ahrar al-Sham, said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights director Rami Abdel Rahman.

“Fighting is going on inside the building,” he was quoted as saying by AFP, adding that it “has not reached buildings housing prisoners.”

Abdel Rahman added that government aircraft were carrying out strikes on opposition fighters’ positions outside the prison which is located on the northern outskirts of the city.

(With AFP)

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