Hundreds of Syrian prisoners riot in protest at jail conditions

August 15, 2015 01:45

AMMAN - Hundreds of Syrian inmates at a main prison in the city of Hama rioted on Friday in a protest against jail conditions and harsh sentences, a monitor and rights activists said on Friday.

A leaked video purportedly from inside the jail showed scores of prisoners with their faces covered chatting "Allahu Akbar" (God is greater) with footage of a ward that had furniture and equipment ransacked and beds turned into barricades to sealed iron gates.

The UK Observatory for Human Rights said gunfire shots were heard outside the prison in the city located 213 km north of the capital Damascus, after inmates, mostly held on terror-related charges and for joining protests against the state, took control of several major wards and ransacked prison quarters.

Officials were not immediately available for comment and state media did not mention the incident.

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