AMMAN - Syrian opposition fighters have freed about 300 prisoners from a jail near the border with Turkey and found 30 others shot in the head, an opposition activist said on Saturday.

Fighters from various brigades have been attacking the Idlib Central Prison for the last three days. They took over one of its two main buildings late on Friday and are surrounding the second building, which is located on a hilltop and is better defended, activist Abu Ali said.

Video footage showed rebels leading prisoners away from the jail amid the sound of automatic gunfire and chants of "God is greater". Others were shown inside the building looking for prisoners.

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