Bloody Syrian Jail Riot: Where Is The MSM?
A riot in a Syrian jail may have cost the lives of dozens of prisoners, say human rights groups in Damascus. The authorities on Sunday acknowledged that they had put down an uprising in Sidnaya prison that started on Saturday but did not mention any casualties.
“Prisoners sentenced for crimes of terrorism and extremism caused trouble,” said a report carried by the state news agency Sana. The authorities later said they had restored calm but this was disputed by some human rights activists.
“Nobody knows what is going on in there but it seems that the security forces want to finish off a lot of the prisoners who rose up,” said a human rights lawyer in Damascus.
He said a stream of ambulances was taking casualties to the Tishreen military hospital but that roads to the prison and the hospital had been cut off.
Syria is holding thousands of prisoners on political and security charges, most “because of their Islamic beliefs”, said the lawyer.
In recent years, the government of President Bashar al-Assad has also arrested dozens of liberal dissidents.