International Coalition jets shell Ghuwayran vicinity | Preparations to inspect last prison dormitories • The Syrian Observatory For Human Rights

International Coalition jets shell Ghuwayran vicinity | Preparations to inspect last prison dormitories

Al-Hasakah province: SOHR activists have reported that an “International Coalition” helicopter opened fire with heavy machineguns on a group of foreign ISIS cells in a position between Ghuwayran graveyard and Al-Ashfanj street in Al-Hasakah.

According to SOHR reliable souces, the dormitories in the northern section of Al-Sina’a prison in which ISIS prisoners had their rebellion, wasn’t inspected by military forces yet.

Moreover, nearby neighbourhoods are still not fully secured, as ISIS cells might take shelter in these positions due to low numbers of residents.

Syrian Observatory sources reported that ISIS prisoners, who were refusing to surrender and holed up in a basement in a dormitory in Ghuwayran prison in Al-Hasakah city, have surrendered after being starving.

However, this does not mean full control of Ghuwayran-Al-Sina’a prison. There are dormitories and wings that have not yet been combed, which may include ISIS cells and prisoners, amid hearing of gunshots every now and then.

This development coincides with the seventh anniversary of the liberation of Ain Al-Arab (Kobani).

The most prominent question that arises is what is the fate of ISIS escapees, how many are they, where they fled and what is their fate ?!

Earlier today, SOHR sources reported mass surrender in “Al-Sina’a / Ghuwayran prison” as large groups of ISIS prisoners left the prison’s quarters and sections where they were holed up, including the final section which included ISIS gunmen, and handed themselves in to the SDF-backed formations participating in the military operation in the prison.


Accordingly, the number of ISIS prisoners and fighters who have been surrendered so far approximates 1,600, and this number is expected to rise further as the operation is still underway.


On the other hand, SOHR sources confirmed that a few ISIS gunmen are still insisting on fighting to the death and refusing to surrender or go out of a basement inside the prison.


SOHR sources have just reported that tense calm prevailed inside Ghuwayran / Al-Sina’a prison in Al-Hasakah city, amid the ongoing surrender of ISIS prisoners who handed themselves over to the military forces.


The number of prisoners who surrendered in the past three days has risen to 1,100 prisoners, including children of the “Caliphate Cubs”. The total number also included 200 prisoners who managed to escape from the building where ISIS fighters holed up inside the prison, raising white flags.


On the other hand, inspection continued in other sections and quarters in the prison, amid combing operations in the surrounding areas in search for ISIS cells, especially in Al-Zuhour and Ghuwayran neighbourhoods.


SOHR sources added that the operation of regaining control of the prison was expected to reach an end in a few hours. However, the destiny of a large number of fugitive ISIS prisoners, whose number was not identified, remained unknown.


Earlier today, reliable SOHR sources confirmed that the military forces managed to free 17 combatants and employees of Ghuwayran prison yesterday. These people were taken hostages by ISIS members inside the prison, while most of them had appeared in the video footage circulated by ISIS. Accordingly, the number of hostages freed in the past two days rose to 32 people. However, there were other people held hostages by ISIS inside the prison. The recently-freed hostages confirmed that most of the ISIS members who attacked the prison were of Arab and foreign nationalities, according to SOHR sources.


On the other hand, military forces continued inspection and combing operations in the quarters of Ghuwayran prison, Al-Zuhour neighbourhood and other areas around the prison, amid sporadic clashes with ISIS members and cells, as ISIS gunmen refused to surrender. It is worth noting that the operations in the past few hours left more casualties on both sides.


Accordingly, the total death toll since the start of Ghuwayran prison break on January 20 evening reached 181: 124 ISIS fighters, seven civilians and 50 members of Asayish Forces, prison guards, counter-terrorism forces and SDF.


Yesterday, Observatory sources reported that military forces fully controlled one building out of five buildings of the prison, while the prisoners were evacuated from this building. Accordingly, the number of ISIS prisoners who were transported from the prison rose to 650, amid ongoing efforts by military forces to control other ISIS-free buildings, which experienced disobedience by unarmed prisoners.

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