Syrian Civil War
Syrian regime releases hundreds of prisoners
Syrian regime releases hundreds of prisoners

The Syrian government released hundreds of prisoners as part of a general amnesty granted by President Bashar Assad in celebration of his reelection this week, according to opposition and government sources. The Syrian state news agency SANA reported that 320 prisoners were released Thursday from Central Aleppo Prison "based on directives by President Bashar Assad." The prison, about five miles north of Aleppo near a vital supply route for fighters in rebel-controlled areas of Aleppo province, held 3,500 detainees and was the site of fierce battles between rebel factions and forces loyal to Assad. A yearlong siege of the prison by rebel fighters was broken late last month. ...