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Eight Dead in Syrian Prison Mutiny As Violence Intensifies

LE MONDE, AFP (France), AL JAZEERA (Qatar), HRW (USA)

On Tuesday, eight people were killed in a mutiny at a prison in Syria's second city Aleppo, where the conflict has intensified.

The opposition Syrian National Council told AFP that security forces opened fire and used tear gas on prisoners during a peaceful sit-in to protest against inhumane conditions.

Human Rights Watch reported tens of thousands of people have been incarcerated since the beginning of the uprising in March 2011, with detainees often subjected to electric shocks and physical abuse.

A similar prison mutiny took place earlier in the week in Homs, resulting in two deaths.

Clashes between rebel fighters and regime officials continue throughout Syria.

Le Monde reports that Free Syrian Army rebels have created numerous check-points around the city and appear to have gained control for the time being.

Syrian Foreign Ministry spokesman Jihad Makdissi on Monday announced the regime would be prepared to use chemical weapons on foreign "aggression", but ruled out using weapons of mass destruction on Syrian citizens, Al Jazeera reported.

"Any stocks of WMD or any unconventional weapons that the Syrian Arab Republic possesses would never, would never be used against civilians or against the Syrian people during this crisis at any circumstances, no matter how the crisis would evolve, no matter how," Makdissi said.

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File:Parsin Gas and CNG Station in Karaj-Qazvin Freeway, Iran ...

Gas stations in many Iranian cities had trouble supplying fuel earlier in the week in what was a suspected cyberattack on the fuel distribution system. One Tehran daily on Thursday blamed Israel, which may have carried out similar acts in past years, to weaken Iran's hostile regime.

The incident reportedly disrupted the credit and debit card payments system this time, forcing users to pay cash and higher prices, the London-based broadcaster Iran International reported.


Though state officials didn't publicly accuse anyone specific, they did say perhaps this and other attacks had been planned for October, to "anger people" on the anniversary of the anti-government protests of 2019.

Khamenei, where's our gas?

Cheeky slogans were spotted Tuesday in different places in Iran, including electronic panels over motorways. One of them read "Khamenei, where's our gas?"


Iran International reported that Tehran-based news agency ISNA posted, then deleted, a report on drivers also seeing the message "cyberattack 64411" on screens at gas stations, purported to be the telephone number of the office of Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

A member of parliament's National Security Committee, Vahid Jalalzadeh, said the attack had been planned months ahead, and had inflicted "grave losses," Iran International and domestic agencies reported Thursday. The conservative Tehran newspaper Kayhan named "America, the Zionist regime and their goons" as the "chief suspects" in the attack.

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