US-led airstrike in Syria kills 57 inmates, guards in Islamic State-held prison

Damascus (Syria): At least 57 inmates and guards were killed when a US-led air strike targeted a prison under Islamic State control in eastern Syria, a monitor group said on Tuesday.

Representational image. AP

Representational image. AP

The air strike hit the prison in the city of Mayadeen in Syria's eastern province of Deir al-Zour on Monday, said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, Xinhua news agency reported.

It added that the prison used to be a house for one of the leaders of the Al Qaeda-linked Nusra Front. It was captured by the IS and turned into a prison, half of it for IS militants imprisoned by the group itself, while the other half is for civilians captured by the IS.

The UK-based watchdog group said the toll in the strike could rise as there were many critically wounded people. Around 100 inmates were imprisoned in that jail, said the Observatory.

Updated Date: Jun 27, 2017 17:55 PM

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