Rebels assaulted the regime-controlled central prison in the main northern city of Aleppo on Wednesday, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. The mostly jihadist fighters launched an attack on the administration block of the prison, which has been under siege for months.
The assault, the first since the siege began, was carried out primarily by fighters from the al-Qaeda affiliated Al-Nusra Front and from another Islamist faction, Ahrar Al-Sham. "Fighting is going on inside the building (but) has not reached buildings housing prisoners," Observatory director Rami Abdel Rahman said. (AFP)