Prisoners mutinied in a northwestern Syria jail Monday following a lethal earthquake, with not less than 20 escaping the jail holding largely Islamic State group members, a supply on the facility informed AFP.
The army police jail within the city of Rajo close to the Turkish border holds about 2,000 inmates, with about 1,300 of them suspected to be IS fighters, mentioned the supply.
The jail additionally holds fighters from Kurdish-led forces.
“After the earthquake struck, Rajo was affected and inmates began to mutiny and took management of components of the jail,” mentioned the official at Rajo jail, which is managed by pro-Turkish factions.
“About 20 prisoners fled… who’re believed to be IS militants.”
The 7.8-magnitude quake — which was adopted by dozens of aftershocks within the area — brought about harm to the jail, with partitions and doorways cracking, the supply added.
The British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights battle monitor mentioned it couldn’t confirm whether or not prisoners had escaped, however confirmed there was a mutiny.
The incident in Rajo comes on the heels of an IS assault in December on a safety complicated of their former de facto Syrian capital of Raqa, which aimed to free fellow jihadists from a jail there.
Six members of the Kurdish-led safety forces that management the realm have been killed within the foiled assault.
The battle in Syria began in 2011 with the brutal repression of peaceable protests and escalated to tug in overseas powers and world jihadists.
Almost half one million folks have been killed, and the battle has pressured round half of the nation’s pre-war inhabitants from their houses, with many looking for refuge in Turkey.
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