|Location||North-east outskirts of Damascus, Syria|
|Population||7,000 (as of 2010)|
|Anwar al-Bunni, Bassel Khartabil, Mas'ud Hamid, Haitham al-Maleh|
Civil prisoners and leading political prisoners are held in the prison. In 2010, the prison held 7,000 prisoners, a dozen of them women. The Washington Post referred to the prison as "infamous".
Ghassan Najjar, an engineer who was imprisoned in 1980, reportedly went on two hunger strikes, one to protest conditions in the prison, and his fellow inmates said he was beaten so badly by prison guards trying to force him to eat that he suffered spinal injuries.
Mas'ud Hamid, a Kurdish journalism student, was held in solitary confinement in the prison for one year from 2003–04 before he was allowed monthly visits, and Human Rights Watch said that interrogators reportedly tortured him and beat him with a studded whip on the bottom of his feet. His room was 2 by 0.85 metres (6 ft 7 in × 2 ft 9 in), largely filled by a toilet in it.
In December 2004 Kurds in the prison conducted a hunger strike, which was allegedly halted by torture.
In March 2011, 13 prisoners at the prison including 80-year-old former judge Haitham al-Maleh, serving a three-year jail term for criticizing corruption in Syria, and lawyer Anwar al-Bunni, jailed for five years for "weakening public morale", began a hunger strike to protest political detentions and oppression.
On July 1st 2013 female detainees in the prison began hunger strike in response to negligence of their cases by the public prosecution of the Counterterrorism Court, and absence of approval of their respective trials.
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