SOHR: Death toll in Syria prison unrest hits 332 • The Syrian Observatory For Human Rights
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SOHR: Death toll in Syria prison unrest hits 332

The death toll in more than a week of violence between Islamic State militants and Kurdish forces in Syria has climbed to 332, a war monitor reports.

On Wednesday, Syrian Kurds, supported by the United States, announced that they had retaken control of a major prison that Islamic State extremists attacked on January 20 in the city of Hassakeh in northeastern Syria.

The jailbreak triggered fierce clashes between both sides.

At least 332 people have since been killed in the violence, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Sunday.

The dead included 246 Islamic State elements, 79 Kurdish security personnel and seven civilians, the Britain-based watchdog said.

The toll could further rise as dozens of people were seriously injured in the violence and others were still unaccounted for.

A mutiny by Islamic State militants inside the prison is over, but combing operations inside and outside the site continue, the observatory’s head Rami Abdel-Rahman said.

“The United States commends the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), who, along with Coalition forces, completed operations to re-take full control of the Hasakah prison in Syria,” US National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan said in a statement.




Source:  The Northern Beaches Review