Syrian rebels free hundreds in Aleppo jail
Syrian rebels seized control on Thursday of most of Aleppo’s central prison, freeing hundreds of prisoners, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.
“Ahrar al-Sham and Al-Nusra Front (brigades) have taken control of 80 percent of Aleppo central prison and freed hundreds of prisoners,” Observatory director Rami Abdel Rahman told AFP, adding that fighting was ongoing in the prison.
A coalition of Syrian rebels had declared a vast military operation in Aleppo province on Thursday, where more than 250 people have been killed in regime barrel bomb attacks since Saturday.
The Islamic Front — a huge alliance grouping tens of thousands of rebels — and the jihadist al-Nusra Front announced an operation dubbed “Truthful Promise Approaches,” the name a reference to a passage in the Quran.
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