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Syrian Forces End Aleppo Prison Siege

Prison complex near Aleppo, Syria
Prison complex near Aleppo, Syria
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Syrian activists say government troops have ended a year-long siege of Aleppo's main prison.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Syrian forces entered the complex in the key northern city early Thursday, days after launching a push to dislodge opposition fighters.

The rebels surrounding the site had repeatedly attacked the prison hoping to free the detainees being held inside by government forces.

The prison holds about 3,500 prisoners.

More than 150,000 people have been killed in Syria since March 2011 when peaceful protests against President Bashar al-Assad spiraled into a civil war.
 
  • In this photo released by the Syrian official news agency SANA, backers of President Bashar al-Assad hold his portrait and wave Syrian flags during a demonstration in support of his candidacy for another term as president, Damascus, Syria, May 23, 2014.
  • A man puts his belongings in the back of a vehicle at a site hit by what activists said were barrel bombs dropped by forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad, Baaideen neighborhood, in Aleppo, May 23, 2014.
  • A woman affected by what activists say was a gas attack, receives treatment inside a makeshift hospital in Kfar Zeita village, in the central province of Hama, May 22, 2014.
  • Soldiers loyal to President Bashar al-Assad pose for a photo in Aleppo's main prison, May 22, 2014.
  • Inmates gesture from behind bars in Aleppo's main prison, May 22, 2014.
  • Smoke rises near the village of Hilan due to shelling by forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad, May 21, 2014.
  • Syrian army soldiers loyal to President Bashar al-Assad walk on Hilan Hill. Syrian army reports claim that the smoke rising from a nearby village was a result of shelling by Syrian warplanes, near Aleppo, May 21, 2014.
  • Syrian army tanks loyal to President Bashar al-Assad advance toward the Handarat camp, near Aleppo, May 21, 2014.
  • Smoke rises from Handarat camp. Syrian army forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad claim they are responsible for the shells dropped from their warplanes, near Aleppo, May 21, 2014.
  • Forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad advance towards Aleppo Central prison that has been sieged by rebels for over a year, north of Aleppo, May 21, 2014.

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by: Irwin Mainway from: Chicago
May 26, 2014 10:51 AM
The other guy is just babbling, and I am 100% sure he is some U.S. college kid having no clue how lucky he is not to be dragged out of the Starbucks to some sinister 'Security Center', with no reason given.

Those 3,500 rounded up and locked up in Aleppo face severe beatings with cables, torture, extreme starvation and possibly a cowardly execution, they now being defenseless. Thousands have already met that fate, proven absolutely to be the case in Damascus.

At the United Nations, sixty nations supported referring Syria to the ICC for massive War Crimes and Crimes Against Humanity, blocked by warmonger Vladimir Putin.

by: meanbill from: USA
May 22, 2014 10:14 AM
EVERYTIME the US, EU and NATO interferes in (non-European Union) countries politics, they bring violence, death, destruction and sometimes war -- like in Vietnam, Iraq, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Tunisia, Libya, Egypt, Yemen, Ukraine, and Syria? --
Millions of innocents have been injured and raped by the violence they brought, (and hundreds of thousands of innocents were killed, and are still being killed), and millions of innocents displaced and homeless, because their homes, towns, cities were destroyed, (and it still continues on to this day), and wars the innocents never wanted, continue on? --- All this because the US, EU and NATO wanted a regime change? --
CRAZY isn't it? --- After all this violence, deaths, destruction, and wars, the US, EU, and NATO hasn't brought peace to any of these countries? --- (ONLY violence, death, destruction and war?) ---- Like (3) of the (4) horseman of the Apocalypse?
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by: Anonymous
May 27, 2014 1:18 AM
It's hard to understand how the syrian carnage can be blamed on the U.S. The Syrians were killing eachother for several years before we even took notice or interest in what was going on. Since we haven't supplied the rebels with any meaningful aid, meanbills kneejerk "it's America's fault" mantra doesn't hold water.

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