Syrian authorities say they have restored order at a prison near the capital, Damascus, after a riot there broke out Saturday.
official SANA news agency says security forces took action at Sidnaya
prison Sunday and put down the violent protest started by prisoners
convicted of extremism and terror crimes. The agency did not say
whether there were any casualties.
But the London-based group -
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights - said rioting by Islamist
inmates, some of whom have been held at Sidnaya without trial,
The group said 25 prisoners were killed and
many more wounded when security forces opened fire to end the
disturbance, and that some prisoners fled to the roof, fearing for
Some information for this report was provided by AFP and Reuters.