BEIRUT: The Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria called for the release of Islamists detainees being held in Lebanon's Roumieh prison, in a YouTube video released over the weekend.
Gathering in an unidentified, mountainous green location, the video shows a group of masked gunmen with ISIS black-and-white flags in the background chanting for the release of the Roumieh inmates. The video showed rocket-propelled grenades and other weapons surrounding them.
A man in the center was reciting the lyrics, sometimes reading them from a sheet of paper he held, while others repeated the chant after him like a chorus.
The video, signed by the “Lions” of ISIS is dedicated to “our brothers and prisoners in Roumieh – Lebanon.” It was released Sunday on an ISIS-affiliated YouTube channel.
“Oh, if anyone can tell the news to Sheikh Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in Baghdad, I am saddened by the circumstances of prisoners in Roumieh prison, oh brothers,” the hymn goes.
“I am sick of watching militants and policemen ahead of me while the doors between us are locked,” the lyrics said.
In another part of the song, the militants hoped for bringing down the Roumieh prison and said “indefinite brothers inmates [in the facility] want to crack the gates.”
The song also compared Roumieh to the notorious Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq, where U.S. soldiers were accused of abusing Iraqi detainees through physical and sexual torture before the facility was closed.
They said Roumieh, Lebanon’s largest prison facility, would soon meet the same closure.
Roumieh holds several Islamist detainees awaiting trial, with the majority linked to the 2007 Fatah al-Islam battles against the Lebanese Army in the Nahr al-Bared refugee camp in North Lebanon.