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Reports of a riot in Homs prison

Last modified: 21 Jul 2012 18:21

An activist in Homs tells Al Jazeera that at around 1am local time,  a riot began the central prison's old building.  We're told that at least some guards defected and supported the rioters there.

Security forces, however, surrounded the prison and clashed with prisoners, and three people are reported killed so far.

Activists say there are between 5,000 and 6,000 prisoners in Homs Central Prison held there and fear a massacre.