After four days of intense fighting with Islamic State, Kurdish forces are on the verge of regaining control of the prison
Kurdish forces and the international coalition against Islamic State have begun invading Ghueran prison in Syria’s Hasaka province (in the north-east of the country), with the intention of ending a four-day attack by the Islamic State in an attempt to almost liberate them According to the first official balance sheet, 5,000 comrades were imprisoned there, and that is currently reckoned with over 200 dead.
Among the dead are at least 175 members of the jihadist group and 27 members of the security forces – including the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) and the Asayish militias – according to the SDF, which explains that there are 10,000 soldiers taking part in the operation . In addition, “dozens” of soldiers would be wounded.
“The SDF continues precise operations to reduce the space of Islamic State members,” the SDF Military Operations and Coordination Center reported via its Twitter account.
After the fighting, the security forces control much of the neighborhood where the prison is located, and even part of the prison building itself. Meanwhile, international coalition planes have been distributing leaflets urging the population to cooperate and to report “terrorist or suspicious activity.” is asked.
Since the attack began last Thursday, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, citing its own sources, has reported the deaths of 84 IS terrorists, 45 Kurdish security personnel and seven civilians. At least 136 escaped Islamic State prisoners have been recaptured in towns near the prison, but the number of escapees is unknown and may be as many as 800.
In the last few hours, the terrorist organization has released videos from inside the prison, where its colleagues simultaneously staged a riot after taking control of the facility.
About twenty bodies of prison guards can be seen in the images, but it has not been possible to verify whether they are alive or dead, according to sources in the network of activists from the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which has also provided Balance. In other recordings, prison guards captured by the jihadists give their names and dates of birth.
The whereabouts of dozens of members from both sides are still unknown, so the Syrian Observatory estimates that the real death toll is predictably higher.
The large-scale and coordinated attack began Thursday with two suicide bombings on trucks loaded with explosives, which detonated at the main gate and one of the prison walls, Amaq news agency, which is affiliated with the jihadist group, reported.
For its part, the FDS assures that around 200 suicide bombers took part in the raid, which they already consider to be the group’s most important operation in the past three years.
The SDF announced on March 23, 2019 the capture of the city of Baghuz and the overthrow of the so-called Islamic State Caliphate in its territorial form as they control no territory in Syria or Iraq where it was defeated in December 2017. . .
However, the group has intensified its attacks in recent months, particularly in the aforementioned triangle between the Syrian provinces of Aleppo, Hama and Raqqa, which has led to the Russian army also stepping up its bombing campaigns in support of the “status quo” government forces Militias of the autonomous Kurdish region in the northeast of the country.