The facility held both political detainees and common criminals.
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Rebel groups in Deraa scored a morale boost Wednesday when they seized the province's central prison and freed political prisoners held by the regime.The attack was also notable for being entirely the work of the rebel Free Syrian Army, without the usual participation by Islamist militias or Al-Qaeda affiliate the Nusra Front.The prison, in the Gharz region 10 kilometers east of Deraa, had been under a rebel blockade for 55 days, activists and media reports said.Based on the video footage, a number of rebel formations took part in the attack, while Moatasim said five main FSA groups – the Falluja Hawran, Omari, Yarmouk, Usud al-Sunna and Southern Tawhid Brigades – were responsible for the achievement.After the rebel loss of the city of Yabroud over the weekend, supporters of the armed opposition have been desperate for good news.In addition, the freeing of individuals, whether civilian or military, has received more attention in the wake of another event connected to the Yabroud front – the exchange of 16 Lebanese and Syrian nuns and their assistants kidnapped by rebels, for detainees held by the regime.
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