Projectiles Fired Over Syrian Prison Amid Riot by Islamic State Detainees

Footage shared on March 30 showed projectiles coming from a plane over a prison in al-Hasakah, Syria, as the US-led coalition said it was assisting the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) following disturbances by Islamic State (IS) detainees.

That day, SDF spokesman Mustafa Bali said some of the inmates had escaped and were being searched for, and said IS prisoners had taken over the first floor of the prison, having removed internal walls and doors. The following morning, he tweeted that the situation had been brought under control, with no escapees.

The US-led coalition in Syria said it provided “aerial surveillance” to help the SDF “quell an uprising” at the prison. “The facility holds low-level ISIS members,” the coalition added.

This footage shows lines of smoke in the air after planes fly overhead, and two ambulances entering the prison. Credit: Ivan Hassib via Storyful