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Kurdish militants fully recapture Daesh-held prison in Syria’s Hasakah province

Members of the so-called Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) have managed to fully recapture a prison in Syria’s northeastern city of Hasakah, days after it fell to remnants of the Daesh Takfiri terrorist group.

More than 100 Daesh terrorists launched an attack against the Ghwayran prison on January 20 to free their comrades from the detention center, which was thought to hold some 3,500 Daesh inmates at the time of the assault.

Daesh terrorists entered the prison after their two explosives-laden vehicles steered by bombers destroyed the entrance and killed the guards. Terrorists caused a major jailbreak of an unknown number of their comrades, seized weapons and took over several cell blocks.

The brazen Daesh jailbreak attempt and ensuing clashes, according to the so-called Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, left 124 Daesh terrorists, 50 SDF militants and seven civilians dead. The attack is considered the group’s most high-profile and sophisticated terrorist operation since the loss of its so-called caliphate nearly three years ago.

In a statement, Farhad Shami of the SDF announced that days of operations had “culminated with our entire control” over the prison in Hasakeh after all the holed-up Daesh terrorists surrendered.

However, he did not mention the fate of 850 children and minors caught in the crossfire when the SDF militants began to storm the prison on Monday.

At the time, Kurdish militants initially said they had thwarted the breakout and arrested nearly 90 terrorists sheltering nearby, but later acknowledged that inmates had taken over parts of the facility.

According to the observatory, the SDF militants had cut off food and water to the prison for two days to pressure the hiding Daesh terrorists to give themselves up.

The Ghwayran prison is the biggest detention center where the US-backed SDF has kept thousands of detainees. The relatives of many prisoners say they were arrested on flimsy charges for resisting the SDF’s forced conscription.

In recent years, the US has been maintaining an illegal military presence on the Syrian soil, collaborating with militants against Syria’s legitimate government, and bombing the positions of the Syrian army and anti-terror popular forces. The US military has also stationed its forces and equipment in eastern and northeastern Syria with the alleged aim of preventing the oilfields in the areas from falling into the hands of the Daesh terrorists.

The Takfiri terrorists have been active in the oil-rich provinces of Syria despite the heavy deployment of the US occupation forces.

The terrorists have managed to regain a foothold in the region after facing defeat at the hands of the Syrian army in 2019.

 

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