Daesh terrorists have taken control of a major prison in northeastern Syria, two days after they launched an attack on the prison to free their comrades, marking one of the most serious Daesh assaults in Syria since the Takfiri terrorist group was vanquished in the Arab country.
The attack began on Thursday night, when the Daesh terrorists detonated two car bombs at the entrances of Ghwayran prison in the northern city of Hasakah.
Sources said Saturday that clashes are still ongoing inside Ghwayran prison, which is controlled by the so-called Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), after the Daesh attack.
“The clashes are still going on inside the prison, its outskirts, surroundings of the al-Basel roundabout and the highway,” Syria’s official news agency SANA quoted local sources as saying.
According to the sources, the freed terrorists have been fortifying themselves in surrounding complexes.
They added that the US-backed SDF failed to control the prison and its surroundings despite aerial support by the US occupation forces.
The prison houses at least 3,500 suspected members of Daesh.
Nearly 90 people have been reportedly killed so far, as fighting raged for the third day running on Saturday.
The SDF said on Saturday that “fierce clashes” broke out in the neighborhoods north of Ghwayran, where it claimed to have killed more than 20 Daesh terrorists and seized explosive belts, weapons, and artillery.
The fighting has also triggered a civilian exodus from neighborhoods around the prison.
According to SANA, people have been pushed by the SDF to leave their houses immediately. The SDF imposed a curfew on Ghwayran and al-Zohour neighborhoods on Friday, the news agency added.
Syria has been gripped by foreign-backed militancy since 2011, when the US and its Western and regional allies began their overt attempts to overthrow the government of Bashar al-Assad.
In recent years, the US has been maintaining an illegal military presence on Syrian soil, collaborating with militants against Syria’s legitimate government, and bombing the positions of the Syrian army and anti-terror popular forces.
The US military has also stationed its forces and equipment in eastern and northeastern Syria with the alleged aim of preventing the oilfields in the areas from falling into the hands of the Daesh terrorists.
The Takfiri terrorists have been active in the oil-rich provinces of Syria despite the heavy deployment of the US-led forces.
The terrorists have managed to regain a foothold in the region after facing defeat at the hands of the Syrian army in 2019.
Since the toppling of its self-proclaimed ‘caliphate’, the group has killed at least 1,800 government and allied forces in the Syrian Desert that stretches all the way from the Damascus outskirts to the Iraqi border.
Syria calls for US withdrawal amid ‘war crimes’
On Saturday, the Syrian Foreign Ministry condemned the actions that led to the displacement of thousands of Syrian civilians in Hasakah province, calling for the withdrawal of the American forces from northeastern Syria and Turkish forces from northwestern Syria.
“During the past few days, Daesh and QSD (SDF) gangs committed massacres against the civilians and massive destruction in the infrastructure in Hasakah province,” the ministry said in a statement.
It further described the acts committed by the US forces and the SDF as “war crimes” and “crimes against humanity”.
The Syrian Foreign Ministry also called on all international humanitarian organizations to provide assistance to thousands of Syrian civilians who were displaced in such harsh weather conditions.
It came after US warplanes completely destroyed the Technical Institute building in Hasakah city under the pretext of targeting the released prisoners.