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Battle of al-Hasakah (2022)

Coordinates: 36°28′39″N 40°45′45″E / 36.47750°N 40.76250°E / 36.47750; 40.76250
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Battle of al-Hasakah
Part of the Syrian civil war

Military situation following the attack on the prison (21 January 2022)
Date20 January 2022 – 26 January 2022
36°28′39″N 40°45′45″E / 36.47750°N 40.76250°E / 36.47750; 40.76250
  • Several Islamic State detainees escape
  • Islamic State occupies prison and nearby areas
  • SDF forces arrest 136 escaped prisoners



Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant Islamic State
Commanders and leaders
Unknown Unknown

Coalition air forces[1]

100+ (at the start of the attack)

150-200 (SDF estimate, 23 January)

800 escaped (according to IS)

500-600 (according to SOHR)
Casualties and losses

45 killed,[2]
50 hostages taken[3]

Per IS: 200 killed, 25 vehicles burned[4]

23 hostages taken[5]


Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant 84 killed
136 escapee prisoners re-arrested
7 civilians killed
4000 civilians displaced[6]

The Battle of al-Hasakah, also known as the Al-Hasakah riot[7][8][9][10][11] is a current Islamic State attack and prison riot. IS are freeing their group's imprisoned fighters from al-Sina'a prison in the Ghuwayran area of al-Hasakah city. This city is under the control of the Kurdish Administration of northern Syria.[12][13][14]

Battles previously occurred in al-Hasakah in 2015 and 2016.


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  1. "Nearby Ghuwayran prison : International Coalition aircraft target ISIS prisoners and cells' hideouts". Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.
  2. "Death toll update Seven civilians among over 100 deaths in Ghuwayran prison and nearby neighbourhoods in 48 hours". SOHR. 22 January 222. Retrieved 22 January 2022.
  3. "Amid strict siege on Ghuwayran prison ISIS members threaten to execute hostages". SOHR. 23 January 2022.
  4. "IS Says 200+ SDF Personnel Killed, Over 800 Prisoners Freed in Major Offensive in Hasakah". SITE Intelligence Group. 22 January 2022.
  5. "'Amaq Video Shows SDF Captives in IS Grip, Fighter Urges Local Muslims Shelter Prison Escapees". SITE Intelligence Group. 22 January 2022.
  6. "After the Ghweran prison operation, the fighting continues between ISIS and SDF". irfaasawtak.com.
  7. "Amid new riot by ISIS prisoners : International Coalition jets fly over "Ghuwayran " prison".
  8. "Recent development : SDF military forces open fire on Ghuwayran prison's gate, attempting to put an end to ISIS prisoners' riot".
  9. "North Press correspondent wounded in ISIS riot in Syria's Hasakah". January 21, 2022.
  10. "US calls for improved security in Syrian prisons after IS mutiny". January 23, 2022. Archived from the original on January 25, 2022. Retrieved January 24, 2022.
  11. Lebanon, William Christou (January 21, 2022). "Up to 25 killed as IS attempts to break out detainees from Syria jail". alaraby english.
  12. "Ghuwayran, largest prison of ISIS members : Death toll rises to more than 40 and dozens of prisoners flee". Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. 21 January 2022.
  13. "ISIS Fighters Freed After Syrian Prison Attacked". VICE World News.
  14. "Heavy fighting continues for 3rd day to stop ISIS prison break attempt in Syria". news.yahoo.com.