Syria: Islamic State uprising quelled in prison

Syria: Islamic State uprising quelled in prison

US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces have reached an agreement to end an uprising of inmates from the Islamic State (IS) in a Syrian prison in the city of Hassakeh, in the north east of the country.

Previously, a two-day riot at the same Syrian prison earlier in March led to the escape of four IS inmates, who were later recaptured by the Syrian Democratic Forces. It was one of the most serious uprisings since IS was defeated.

Kurdish authorities are currently operating more than two dozen detention facilities scattered across northeastern Syria, holding about 10,000 IS fighters. Among the detainees are some 2,000 foreigners whose home countries have refused to repatriate them, including about 800 Europeans.

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