SDF foils ‘major ISIS operation’ targeting prison in Hasakah

SDF forces seize a large cache of weapons in Deir Ez-Zor, Syria, November 8, 2021. (SDF photo)

SULAIMANI (ESTA) — U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) thwarted a “major operation” by Islamic State (ISIS) aimed to target a prison in Hasakah, the group said on Monday.

The SDF said in a tweet that its forces engaged in clashes with an ISIS cell in the eastern countryside of Deir Ez-Zor.

One ISIS militant was killed and another was wounded in the fighting, the group said, adding that five other militants were detained.

“Documents, equipment and a large weapons cache were seized,” it tweeted.

The U.S.-led Coalition forces also destroyed a vehicle-borne improvised explosive device (VBIED), it said.

The militants planned to break out 5,000 detainees at a prison in Hasakah, according to the SDF.

The prison, a series of three converted school buildings that holds roughly 5,000 prisoners, are operated by the SDF, consisted of Kurdish and Arab fighters.

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