Five prisoners die in car crash after mass-breakout from Lebanese jail

Five prisoners die in car crash after mass-breakout from Lebanese jail

November 21, 2020

A group of 69 inmates broke out of a prison in Lebanon after smashing their cell doors and attacking prison guards.

Five of those who escaped died when a car they stole crashed into a tree during the ensuing police chase, authorities said.

The mass-breakout occurred at a prison in Baabda, east of Lebanon’s capital Beirut.

Police said so far 15 inmates have been re-arrested and four of the escaped prisoners handed themselves over.

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A manhunt is underway for the remaining criminals and security forces have sealed off the area around the prison.

President Michel Aoun was briefed about the break-out and ordered that search operations be intensified and the incident investigated. 

The state news agency NNA earlier said the prisoners had escaped from the prison at dawn after breaking open cell doors.

Following the incident, the relatives of some prisoners were seen gathered outside the jail to ask what happened.

In April, Amnesty International reported that there had been riots in Lebanese jails and families had organised sit-in protests. 

They were calling for prisoners to be released because of their vulnerability to getting coronavirus.

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