ISIS demolished Syrian regime’s prison in Palmyra city, in northeast of the Syrian capital Damascus, on Saturday, said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR).
The jail, also known as Tadmor prison, was one of Syrian regime’s most feared and ill-famed detention centers for decades.
ISIS militants released photos of terrible conditions in the notorious prison.
The prison was ‘largely destroyed after ISIS planted explosives inside and around it,’ 10 days after the ISIS militants seized Palmyra from regime forces, the SOHR said.
The prison witnessed outrageous tortures and executions. In 1980, an estimated 500-800 prisoners were brutally killed in the prison by Rifaat a lAssad, after a failed assassination attemp on his brother, former president Hafez alAssad.
The prison became a symbol of brutality of the regime of former president Hafez al Assad and his son Bashar.
Until the Syrian revolution began in 2011, the prison was housing political prisoners. It had later became overcrowded with regime deserters and draft evaders during the civil war.
SOHR said Assad regime replaced the prisoners held in the jail before ISIS seized the ancient city Palmyra, a UNESCO World Heritage Site dating back 2,000 years.
There are concerns that ISIS might destroy the ancient remains of Palmyra city, also known as the ‘bride of the desert’.