Syrian troops repel rebel attack on Aleppo prison

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BEIRUT (AP) — A Syrian activist group says rebels have withdrawn from a prison in the northern city of Aleppo after heavy fighting with government troops.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights also on Thursday raised the death toll from sectarian killings in the coastal city of Banias earlier this month to 145 from 62.

The rebel assault at the Aleppo prison began at dawn Wednesday. By nightfall, the rebels had not dislodged regime forces or freed some 4,000 prisoners held there.

The attack began with two simultaneous car bombs detonated at the entrance of the prison.

State news agency SANA denied opposition fighters entered the compound, saying regime troops had repelled the attack.

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