40 Inmates Escape From Jail Run by Former al-Qaeda Group

Many of the prisoners held in the jail were from rival group or ideologically opposed to Hayat Tahrir al-Sham writes Zaman Al Wasl.

At least 40 prisoners have escaped from a jail run by Hayat Tahrir al-Sham in the last major rebel-held bastion of Idleb, local activists said Saturday.

About 40 detainees forced open the doors at the Hayat Tahrir al-Sham prison on Saturday and guards were unable to stop them. The jail housed rivals and ideology critics of the group formerly known as al-Nusra Front.

More than half of Idleb province is controlled by Hayat Tahrir al-Sham, a jihadist alliance led by Syria's former al-Qaeda affiliate, while Turkish-backed rebels hold much of the rest.


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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