Thirteen dead in a riot in a prison in Ecuador, according to the prisons agency

QUITO, July 18 (Reuters) – Thirteen prisoners were killed at a jail in the Ecuadorian city of Santo Domingo on Monday, the Ecuadorian prison agency said, in the latest incident of deadly prison violence in the Andean country.

The government of conservative President Guillermo Lasso attributes prison violence to fighting between gangs for control of territory and drug trafficking routes.

Last year, 316 prisoners died in riots in various prisons across Ecuador.

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The police and the armed forces regained control of the penitentiary, the penitentiary agency SNAI said on Twitter. He previously called the incident a “dispute”.

“Unfortunately, center staff report so far that 13 prisoners are dead and two are injured,” the agency said, adding that a final count will be made by the attorney general’s office.

Violence at Santo Domingo prison in May left 43 people dead. Read more

The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights has said that Ecuador’s prison system is marred by state neglect and the absence of a comprehensive policy, as well as poor conditions for inmates.

The country’s prisons house around 33,900 people and are 12.5% ​​over their maximum capacity, according to official figures.

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Reporting by Alexandra Valence; Additional reporting by Maria Ponnezhath in Bengaluru; Written by Julia Symmes Cobb; Editing by Sandra Maler

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