Starvation of 65 political prisoners in Aleppo Central Prison

12-02-2014

 

ARA News

Aleppo, Syria− At least 65 political detainees have starved in the Central Prison of Aleppo due to the lack of food supplies and basic services. 

According to sources in the area, fierce clashes took place over the last few days between different armed factions for control over Aleppo’s Central Prison, which led to a complete blockage of the prison’s entrances and exists.

A source inside the prison reported to media outlets that 40 prisoners starved on Tuesday, as relief organizations were prevented from delivering food and aid supplies to the besieged prison. While 25 others starved earlier on Monday.  

“The prisoners breathed a sigh of relief when they saw vehicles of the Syrian Red Crescent entering the prison’s backyard, but the Crescent’s staff were forced to unload their cargo at a checkpoint of the opposition forces. Only a minority of the prisoners could receive some bread, while the rest were left to death,” the source said. 

This comes after a number of Islamic battalions claimed control over the prison in Aleppo. It started with a suicide operation carried out by a member of the al-Qaeda affiliated group of al-Nusra Front, followed by Islamic battalions storming into the prison’s buildings without being able to completely control the prison.    

 

Reporting by: Haya al-Abdullah

Source: ARA News

 

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