Ghuwayran prison updates | Death toll rises to 166 • The Syrian Observatory For Human Rights

Ghuwayran prison updates | Death toll rises to 166

Al-Hasakah province: Reliable sources have informed SOHR that seven ISIS members have been killed in gunfire by Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) and the Internal Security Forces (Asayish) during combing operations by the joint forces in the surroundings of Ghuwayran prison in Al-Hasakah city.

Meanwhile, cautious clam prevails inside the prison, while International Coalition helicopters fly over the region and the joint forces continue to search some sections in the prison that houses ISIS members who stages unarmed disobedience.

Accordingly, the total death toll since the start of Ghuwayran prison break on January 20 evening has reached 166: 114 ISIS fighters, seven civilians and 45 members of Asayish Forces, prison guards and counter-terrorism forces.

Observatory asserts that the death toll is even higher, and the real number of fatalists is not exactly identified, as the fate of dozens members on both sides is still unknown. In addition, there are many people who have sustained serious injuries.

Earlier today, SOHR sources reported that cautious calm prevailed in Ghuwayran prison and its surroundings in Al-Hasakah city, along with the ongoing flights by Coalition aircraft and constant calls by military forces inside the prison upon ISIS prisoners to surrender and leave the dormitories in which they are holed up.

Meanwhile, military forces exercise extreme caution in dormitories searches, concerning about the lives and safety of the captives.

This coincides with ongoing combing operations in the vicinity of the prison in search for ISIS members, while Coalition aircraft have broken through the sound barrier in the early hours of Tuesday morning.

According to Syrian Observatory sources, ISIS prisoners were transferred yesterday from Ghuwayran prison to Al-Shaddadi.

Yesterday, SOHR sources reported that a group of children, who had fought in the ranks of ISIS-backed formation of the “Caliphate Cubs” and were held in Ghuwayran prison, was evacuated from the prison, where they transported in the buses which carried ISIS prisoners. However, the final destination of these buses remained unknown.

On the other hand, very reliable sources informed SOHR that negotiations were underway between the military forces and ISIS to set the hostages and SDF captives free in return for curing injured ISIS members in the prison. 

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