Horrors of Al Qaeda prisons in Syria exposed

Dozens of detainees tell of torture, indiscriminate killings

09 January, 20:02

    (ANSAmed) - BEIRUT, JANUARY 9 - Torture, indiscriminate killings, and abuse in the manner if not worse than that suffered for decades in the prisons of the Syrian regime have been reported by civilians and rebels on their release from Al Qaeda prisons in Aleppo, in northern Syria. For days, the Al Qaeda fighters of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) have been under attack in the Idlib, Aleppo, Raqqa and Deir Az-Zor regions by an unprecedented front of nationalist rebels and radical Islamic groups. Some of ISIL's prisons have been opened by insurgents and the released 'detainees' during the clashes.

    According to Syrian opposition sources, prior to the recent anti-Al Qaeda offensive, about 1,500 people were being held in ISIL prisons. Some of the survivors of the inferno of Qadi Askar in Aleppo say that many of the detainees were rebels from anti-regime groups - including members of radical Islamic groups - and that many of them had been killed in jail. ''They killed them brigade by brigade. They would have continued until the entire country was under their control,'' one of the survivors said. (ANSAmed).

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