Image of the prison gate blast (Photo credit: Hawar News Agency)
On 20 January, ISIS attacked the SDF-run Ghweran prison in the northeastern Syrian city of Hasakah in another attempt at releasing their fellow militants from prison.
The prison breakout was executed using a car bomb and a rigged motorcade located at the entrance of the prison.
Videos of the Thursday prison break, which saw the escape of over 20 militants, were released to Amaq, the media platform of the group.
The first video shows ISIS militants entering the prison using a pickup truck, stolen from the SDF, to break into the walls of the prison. The second video released by ISIS revealed the dead bodies of SDF militants.
The prison break occurred after ongoing clashes between the SDF and ISIS in Hasakah, and resulted in ISIS taking control of the prison and its surrounding regions, despite reports of US coalition airplanes providing air support for the SDF.
The fighting, which started on the day of the 20 January prison break, entered its third day on 23 January.
Reports have said that more prisoners escaped during the clashes.
The latest figures from the London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights show that at least 56 ISIS militants as well as 28 SDF members have been killed in the clashes.
The prison holds around 3,500 Syrian and foreign ISIS fighters who have been arrested or have surrendered since ISIS lost the territory in early 2019.
The prison break is considered the group’s largest operation since losing its territory, according to an anonymous SDF official speaking to CBS News.