Syrian troops advance toward Aleppo prison

May 21, 2014 7:41 PM

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The sprawling prison, along with its estimated 4,000 inmates, has been caught in the deadly stalemate of Syria’s civil war for months. Rebels have been besieging the facility for the past year, and have repeatedly barreled suicide car bombs into the front gates and clashed with guards and troops holed up inside in an effort to capture the prison.

Aleppo has been carved up into rebel- and government-controlled areas since opposition fighters launched an offensive in the north in mid-2012. The Syrian army appears intent on taking opposition-held parts of the country’s major cities before the presidential election on June 3.

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