GENEVA: The Syrian government is responsible for the safety and security of all prisoners and political detainees in Aleppo prison, High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay said in a press statement Friday.
Pillay said that she received confirmed information that Syrian government forces have broken a long siege imposed by rebel troops on Aleppo prison for over a year now.
As many as 53 prisoners are being held in the strategically situated prison in the northern city of Aleppo, Pillay said.
According to UN estimates, prisoners and detainees, reportedly numbering about 2,500, face dire humanitarian conditions, disease, lack of medical treatment and adequate food, water and other essential supplies, with their suffering compounded by ongoing fighting around the prison grounds.
Hundreds of prisoners and detainees have died due to shortages of food and medical supplies, from untreated diseases, as well as due to the ongoing fighting in the vicinity.