Idlib, Syria's limerstone mountains form an amazing backdrop to the magnificent Idlib central prison.
On March, a tank explosion occurred on the wall.
The floor was littered with glass and debris.
After days of intense fighting, the rebels stormed the prison and seized control from the Syrian regime.
In the coming week, gunfire and tank explosions have left a strange silence.
Take a look at the inside of the prison, as well as conversations with many of the rebels who took over the day's release, offering rare insights into how the regime has involved prisoners for nearly two years in a conflict that has killed as many as 90,000 people.
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After the Arab Spring, many rooms in the prison seemed to be used as crowded but adequate cells, but three underground floors told a different story.
In a dark room, two ropes hang above the execution platform.
Large metal cages in other rooms have a bunch of heavy chains.
Blood remains on several cell walls.
According to rebel leaders, the mission to attack the prison was part of a coordinated attack, marking the start of the Idlib war.
Taking the prison is a strategic move to enter Idlib, the last stronghold of the regime.
During the fighting, the rebels won the reserves of weapons, ammunition and several tanks.
Muhammad Ali, rebel fighter of Sukul al
Was one of the first to enter the cell to release prisoners.
"There is a state of panic and fear between prisoners," he said as he walked through the empty, largely destroyed cell now.
"They suffered the worst.
When we went in, government guards carried out on-the-spot executions, shooting at some prisoners screaming for help and asking us to save them.
"During the prison raid, opposition forces released 300 prisoners, about half of the total number of prisoners.
The rest, including some 30 registered female prisoners, were taken to the city of Idlib as officers and Warden ---
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Zour, released prisoners, activists said about 100 km people came out of the old prison, and the rebels set up a secret prison for about 200 prisoners taken from the original complex
The prisoners were arrested for criminal acts, not for political acts, and they waited for a re-trial in an opposition-controlled Islamic court.
They tell the story of degrading treatment and torture under government officials.
"It feels like we have been freed from the grave," said Yousuf Sheikh Mohammed . " He was sentenced to 21 years in prison for theft.
He described that he only marched in prison in his underwear and was forced to lick the shoes of the officers.
"Under the regime, we feel like dogs.
Now we have the human feeling.
In a recent report, London
The Syrian-based Human Rights Network recorded the widespread methods of torture in regime prisons.
The report sets out 957 cases of death from torture in 2012.
The report lists the names and locations of each death, and in many cases it provides photographs or video evidence and testimony of the prisoner or family member who received the body.
Including 34 children and 17 women.
Five methods of torture are described: severe beatings, electric shocks, long periods of time or even days being hung in a painful position or tied to a painful position, holding food or entering a toilet and shower facility, sexual torture and rape of men and women, and psychological torture, including being held in cells of dead or dying prisoners, are forced to watch the torture of others.
When the prisoners gathered on a mattress in a large room that had become their temporary detention cell, several armed men stood guard.
Many people insist they are not guilty or complain about unfair sentencing. Twenty-four-year-
Old Ahmed anaghi has been disabled on both legs since birth and has admitted the crime.
According to prison records, he was sentenced to six years in prison for stealing a gas cylinder.
These people tell about the corruption and privileges granted in accordance with the sectarian line.
The prisoners also spoke about some of the methods of torture detailed in the report.
On the other side of the prison reserved for political prisoners, it is said that the situation is much worse.
The rebels are liberated--without trial --
100 men from this area, most of them say they are in a terrible state.
"Some prisoners don't get bread in a month, there's no food at all in a week," said Dr.
A man named Abu Mohammed.
The fake commander of the prisoner in charge of waiting for trial.
"After we gave them food, their stomach took a few days to adjust and many people had problems because they hadn't eaten for a long time.
"The day before the rebel attack on the prison, a young guard asked not to be named for fear of affecting his family, and when he was sent to collect firewood, he ran away.
When he arrived at Suqur al base, he said: "The prisoners suffered a lot
The night before the battle.
"It's just a small mistake, and the Army beats and tortures with electric shock.
Sometimes they locked the prisoner alone in a small underground cell for months.
They pat their feet sometimes until they can't walk or crush bones.
"He recalled that the toughest treatment was left to political prisoners, but they were kept in private wards and senior officials could only enter.
The young jailer said he was beaten and quarantined last year after he tried to defect.
This time, he found a man cutting firewood in the forest and asked if he could take him to the rebel Free Syrian Army (FSA).
"Of course, I dare not let this person take me," he said . ".
"Asking may mean death.
He can send me back to the army.
But you have no choice in this situation. -
Just believe in God and take the chance.
"He conveyed as much information as possible to the rebels about weapons, positions and guard mentality.
He told them that the prisoners had been waiting for months for the FSA to release them.
"They said that when they hear the first attack, we will stand up from the inside," he said . ".
At that time, the leader of these groups, Ayaki Abdul Rahman, said he was concerned that this could lead to the execution of prisoners before they managed to control them.
A few weeks later, while walking in the rubble, he said he had found the bodies of 10 death row criminals from the scene.
Only one has been identified so far.
It took three days to fight for the prison.
Twelve opposition fighters were killed and 30 injured.
The injured included commanders from three battalions involved in the attack.
Everyone miraculously survived. Suqur al-
The fake brigade commander Abdul Rahman was shot in the head by a sniper as he led the soldiers into prison.
Commander of Alhurra al.
Sham was also hit in the head by a sniper and is currently recovering from a Turkish hospital.
The third group involved in the attack was Liwa Towheed.
Their commander was hit in the belly but survived.
"After the three commanders were injured, the soldiers did not know how to work effectively," Abdul Rahman said . " After four days of injury, he returned to prison against medical advice.
"It's hard to manage.
After the prison collapsed, I heard a lot of people took everything from the complex, including doors, windows, TV sets.
I had to come back to stop it all and control the area.
"Abdul Rahman and his men are now restoring the complex to establish a police station in the hope of preventing the continued use of criminal gangs that lack security in the rebel territories.
It is also planned to establish a hospital on the lower floor to provide protection from air strikes.
12 regime prisoners were also captured during the raid.
Four persons were convicted of intentional crimes after trial.
Eight were released free of charge.
Four choices to join Suqur al-
Now serving under Abdul Rahman.