A rebel fighter shoots towards Syrian government forces in the Salaheddine neighbourhood of Aleppo on February 16, 2013
A rebel fighter shoots towards Syrian government forces through a window at a flat in the Salaheddine neighbourhood of Aleppo on February 16, 2013. At least 15 prisoners were killed over the weekend in clashes between rebels and troops at the central prison in Syria's northern town of Aleppo, a watchdog said on Tuesday. © Bulent Kilic - AFP/File
A rebel fighter shoots towards Syrian government forces in the Salaheddine neighbourhood of Aleppo on February 16, 2013
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Last updated: May 28, 2013

At least 15 inmates die in fighting at Syrian jail

At least 15 prisoners were killed over the weekend in clashes between rebels and troops at the central prison in Syria's northern town of Aleppo, a watchdog said on Tuesday.

Citing phone calls from sources inside the prison, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said "at least 15 prisoners were killed in shelling of the prison, which rebel fighters have besieged."

It was unclear whether rebel or regime fire was to blame for the deaths on Saturday and Sunday.

Fighting has raged at the facility since earlier this month, with rebels managing to breach the compound before being pushed back.

Some 4,000 prisoners, including Islamists and common criminals, are being held at the facility, which is on the outskirts of Aleppo.

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