Public hanging

Five men convicted of burning down a jail and killing 57 inmates were publicly hanged in the Syrian town of al-Hasakah, Reuter reports from Damascus.

The papers said three other men were sentenced to life imprisonment for their role in the fire, which was lit to conceal an attempt to smuggle drugs into the jail. Police tried to extinguish the blaze, but the prisoners set another cell on fire, blocking escape routes.

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