Prisoners Escape From Rebel-Controlled Jail in Southern Daraa

20 inmates break out of Palace of Justice building days after an attempted assassination targeted two of its judges

Around 20 prisoners have escaped from a rebel-controlled jail in the southern province of Daraa, local activists said on Sunday.

The inmates, who were charged with murder, drug offenses and burglary, escaped from the Palace of Justice building late on Saturday.

The breakout is further evidence of the region’s deteriorating security situation following a series of assassination attempts and suicide bombings.

Two Islamic judges were wounded on Wednesday in a bombing which targeted the Palace of Justice, while an earlier suicide attack targeted a rebel base in the town of Mzairib, killing one fighter. Activists said on Tuesday the suicide bomber had links with the Islamic State (ISIS) group.

The series of attacks follows the recent killing of 10 militants of the Khalid bin al-Walid Army in suspected Israeli airstrikes near the Golan Heights. The group has pledged its allegiance to ISIS.

Two weeks ago, six rebel factions led by rival group Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham launched assault on the Khalid bin al-Walid Army near the Israel border with Syria.

This article was edited by The Syrian Observer. Responsibility for the information and views set out in this article lies entirely with the author.

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