The photo below shows Syrian army soldiers having their breakfast in Aleppo’s central prison. The photo was taken on Thursday (May 22) morning.
Army units managed to enter the jail a day earlier on Wednesday, following fierce clashes with foreign-backed militants.
On Thursday, an opposition monitoring group confirmed that the Syrian army the year-long militant siege of Aleppo central prison.
"After a siege of nearly 13 months by Al-Nusra Front and Islamist rebels, regular armed forces backed by pro-regime fighters were able to break the siege of Aleppo central prison," the so-called Syrian observatory for Human Rights (London-based NGO).
Tanks and armored vehicles entered the prison grounds and intense celebratory gunfire was heard inside the sprawling complex, Observatory director Rami Abdel Rahman told AFP.
The army's advance in the area around the prison in northern Aleppo had "cut a path for essential supplies to rebel fighters between areas they control and the Turkish border," Abdel Rahman said.