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Syria Kurds hunt down extremists after prison attack

HASAKEH, SYRIA (AFP) – Kurdish-led forces hunted down extremists yesterday after retaking a Syria prison hit by an Islamic State (IS) group attack a week ago, as human rights groups appealed for urgent help for wounded inmates.

Search operations across the sprawling complex in the city of Hasakeh found some extremists still holed up in one wing of the prison a week after the brazen jailbreak attempt began.

The assault and ensuing clashes around the prison left more than 200 people dead in the extremists’ most high-profile military operation since the loss of their “caliphate” nearly three yearsago.

The Syrian Democratic Forces said they had retaken full control of Ghwayran prison on Wednesday.

Members of the Syrian Democratic Forces deploy outside Ghwayran prison in Syria’s northeastern city of Hasakeh. PHOTO: AFP
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