CARACAS — Clashes between armed inmates and guards in a crowded Venezuelan jail on Friday left not less than 23 prisoners lifeless, a rights teams mentioned.
The clashes began when inmates, many armed, refused to let the authorities enter, fearing they might be robbed, mentioned Humberto Prado of the Venezuelan Jail Observatory.
No less than 18 guards have been injured, Mr. Prado mentioned, including that there have been stories of not less than one explosion.
The jail is within the central state of Portuguesa, 220 miles from Caracas. Designed to carry 250 individuals, it now bulges with 540 inmates, he mentioned.
Mr. Prado mentioned that greater than 130 inmates have died since 2017 in three separate riots throughout the nation.
Venezuelan authorities didn’t instantly remark.
Venezuela is within the midst of a historic political and social disaster marked by shortages of meals and drugs. Critics say about 30 prisons unfold throughout Venezuela are severely overcrowded, and are sometimes run by gangs that visitors medication and weapons.