69 prisoners have escaped from a Lebanese prison. The country’s internal security forces (ISF) on Saturday rushed detainees from a prison near the capital Beirut. However, five people were killed by a car used by the inmates to escape a tree on the side of the road. This information came from a British news agency Reuters report.
Reuters reported that the jail from which the prisoners escaped was used as part of the Babra district jail near Beirut. The culprits were kept in jail. However, the ISF statement did not explain how the prisoners escaped from the prison. Earlier, the country’s state news agency NNA reported that the prisoners broke through the prison doors in the morning and escaped.
Lebanese President Michel Ayoun said in a tweet that he was informed of his escape by the caretaker interior minister. He also said that the search operation has been intensified and an inquiry has been ordered into the incident.
The ISF said 15 fugitives had already been removed and four others voluntarily returned. An ISF statement said five people were killed when they lost control and crashed into a tree during a car chase used by runaway prisoners. Another prisoner injured in the accident was taken to the hospital, he said.
A report by Britain-based human rights group Amnesty International said in April that riots were taking place in Lebanese prisons. It was also reported that a blockade program was organized by relatives demanding release of prisoners due to concerns of coronovirus infection in the mob jail.