BEIRUT - Rebels seized a prison outside the city where Syria's uprising began three years ago this month and freed dozens of inmates, activists said on Wednesday.

They took control of the Gharaz Central Prison on the outskirts of Deraa near Syria's border with Jordan after fighting off President Bashar Assad's forces.

Rebel supporters posted videos online showing what they said were fighters touring the prison grounds and greeting and embracing prisoners they had freed.

Rami Abdulrahman, head of the Britain-based monitoring group the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, said more than 300 people had been held in the prison but it was not clear how many had been freed on Wednesday, although videos showed dozens.


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