"Television pictures from inside the prison complex showed dozens of bearded and weary soldiers, who had held out against 13 months of rebel siege, standing behind grey sandbags and celebrating the arrival of the relief troops.
They also showed prisoners, men and women, behind bars in long rows of cells.
Rebels, including fighters from Al Qaeda’s Jabhat Al Nusra, have tried repeatedly to storm the prison, breaching its outer walls with huge bombs but failing to take full control.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group said 3,000 inmates were held at the Aleppo jail, including Islamists and other political prisoners as well as common criminals.
It said the air force continued to bombard rebels near the prison with barrel bombs on Thursday, a third day of heavy fighting after they launched an offensive on Tuesday to push back the insurgents." The National
This prison is just outside Aleppo. It had been besieged by jihadi fighters for two years. This is yet another indication of the decline in rebel/jihadi forces. Yes, I know, that is the badge of the military sports authority. pl
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