News

Thirty inmates saw out of Lebanon jail, escape: authorities

August 7, 2022 07:08 PM


More than 30 people fled a Lebanon detention centre at dawn on Sunday, security forces said, after sawing their way through a window, according to a judicial official.

"At dawn ... 31 detainees managed to escape" from a detention centre in the Adlieh neighbourhood of the capital Beirut, the Internal Security Forces said in a statement on Sunday.

"Immediate orders were given to arrest them and investigations are underway."

The detainees broke past a prison window using a saw smuggled into the facility, said a judicial official close to an investigation into the incident.

"The escapees include Lebanese, Syrians and Palestinians, among other foreigners," he told AFP on condition of anonymity.

A security source confirmed the escape method, saying the prisoners were likely aided by someone on the outside.

On Sunday morning, an AFP correspondent saw security forces and army personnel deployed in the Beirut neighbourhood housing the jail.

The Adlieh detention centre was formerly controlled by Lebanon's General Security agency but is now manged by the country's prison authority.

It was notorious for abuses committed against detained Syrian refugees and foreign migrant domestic workers, according to rights groups, including Human Rights Watch.

The prison break came as Lebanon grapples with an unprecedented economic crisis that has seen the value of the Lebanese pound lose more than 90 percent of its value against the dollar on the black market.

Inflation has skyrocketed and public sector salaries have plummeted to record lows, forcing soldiers and other members of security forces to quit en masse to try to eke out an alternative living.

The crisis has also further degraded Lebanon's already-dismal jails, with poor conditions and lack of medical care regularly sparking prion riots and unrest.



Most Read

  1. 'Underdogs' New Zealand vow to 'fight' in T20 series with Australia 'Underdogs' New Zealand vow to 'fight' in T20 series with Australia
  2. Saudi Airline flight makes emergency landing at Karachi Airport Saudi Airline flight makes emergency landing at Karachi Airport
  3. More than 8 million Pakistanis left abroad during 2023: FIA report More than 8 million Pakistanis left abroad during 2023: FIA report
  4. Arrest warrants for owner of Master Tiles issued Arrest warrants for owner of Master Tiles issued
  5. Jannat Mirza's sister responds to critics over 'groomless' Rukhsati Jannat Mirza's sister responds to critics over 'groomless' Rukhsati
  6. Bilawal Bhutto rules out ‘free vote’ for PML-N in govt formation Bilawal Bhutto rules out ‘free vote’ for PML-N in govt formation

Opinion

  1. The Dark Side of Generation Z
    The Dark Side of Generation Z

    By Dr Asif Channer

  2. THE SECRET WAR: Public Interest Vs Official Secrets Act 1923
    THE SECRET WAR: Public Interest Vs Official Secrets Act 1923

    By Syed Aun Mohammed Bokhari

  3. Political Opportunism and the 18th Constitutional Amendment
    Political Opportunism and the 18th Constitutional Amendment

    By Muhammad Asad Ayaz

  4. To Know and Not to Know
    To Know and Not to Know

    By Abdullah Bin Tahir

  5. Gender equality: A pre-requisite for a balanced society
    Gender equality: A pre-requisite for a balanced society

    By Mehak Sabir