Clashes between the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) and ISIS continue around Geweran prison in the northeastern Syrian city of al-Hasakah.
On January 27, SDF fighters killed at least 12 terrorists of ISIS and found the dead bodies of five others while combing several parts of the prison, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR).
In the morning, the terrorists carried out two attacks on SDF fighters killing or wounding eight, according to ISIS’ Amaq news agency. They also managed to attack a group of journalists and personnel from the US-led coalition. One of the terrorists was captured.
The SDF claimed that the battle for Geweran prison ended on January 26. The battle began six days earlier, on January 20, when ISIS terrorists attacked the large prison to free thousands of their comrades.
A recent report by the London-based al-Quds al-Arabi revealed that the battle slowed down on January 26 as a result of a deal between the SDF and ISIS. Under the deal, the SDF allowed some 200 terrorists to withdraw from Geweran prison to al-Badia in exchange for the release of 23 of its own fighters who were being held as hostages.
Only 1,600 of over 4,000 terrorists, who were detained at Geweran prison, surrendered to the SDF or were apprehended by the group between January 20 and 26. The fate of more than 2,000 others remains unknown.
According to the most recent update by the SOHR, the battle of Geweran prison has so far claimed the lives of 173 terrorists of ISIS, seven civilians and 55 personnel of the SDF and its security forces.