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Death toll from Ecuador prison riot increases to 31


he Ecuadorian General Prosecutor’s Office said on Wednesday that at least 31 people were killed and 14 others were injured as a result of riots that began on Saturday in a prison in the Ecuadorian city of Guayaquil.

On Tuesday, the prosecutor’s office said that clashes at the Litoral prison in Guayaquil claimed the lives of 18 people.

“The number of deaths rises to 31 and the number of injured to 14 as a result of clashes that have taken place since Saturday at the Litoral Penitentiary in Guayaquil,” the prosecutor’s office said on Twitter.

On Tuesday, the Ecuadorian authorities declared a 60-day state of emergency in the country’s penitentiary system and instructed the military to help stop unrest in prisons after riots broke out in some of the country’s prisons on Saturday.

Guayaquil prison is notorious for inmate clashes. In September 2021, 119 people were killed and dozens were injured in prison riots there.

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