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Authorities Claim that the Death Toll of the Ecuador Prison Riot Rose to 31 Inmates in the Latest Gang Rivalry

In the days-long riot between rival gangs that killed at least 31 deaths in the port city of Guayaquil, Ecuador, on July 25, 2023, military soldiers stood watch outside the Guayas 1 prison. (Photo: CBS News)

In Guayaquil, Ecuador, on July 24, 2023, relatives wait for news outside the Guayas 1 prison during a riot brought on by violence between rival gangs. (Photo: CBS News)


According to published news from CBS News, in response to reports that 31 prisoners had died as a result of the Ecuador prison riot that broke out over the weekend due to gang rivalry, over 2,700 soldiers stormed an Ecuadorian prison on Tuesday and retook control of the establishment.

In Guayaquil, Ecuador, on July 24, 2023, mounted police protect the prison’s perimeter a day after a struggle between rival gangs claimed the lives of 31 inmates. (Photo: CBS News)

The public prosecutor’s office said that 31 individuals were killed and 14 were injured in the most recent conflict between rival gangs that resulted in the Ecuador prison riot, violent Guayas 1 jail in the port city of Guayaquil. The office had reported that 18 people had died.

In Ecuador, a nation that has recently emerged as a prominent player in the South American cocaine trade, riots frequently pit prison gangs with connections to drug traffickers against one another.

Since 2021, at least 420 people have died in horrific several Ecuador prison riot; many of the deceased were beheaded or burned alive, while others were shot since pervasive guard corruption makes it possible for convicts to obtain weapons including pistols and explosives.

A police officer was hurt in the most recent Ecuador prison riot, according to the prosecutor’s office.

According to a published article from Al Jazeera, soldiers and police entered Guayas 1 on Tuesday to put an end to the disturbance brought by the Ecuador prison riot on Saturday and resulted in the first death toll of six prisoners.

According to a government order published on Tuesday declaring a 60-day state of emergency in all of Ecuador’s jails, at least one of the deceased had been beheaded in the latest Ecuador prison riot.

Over 5,600 prisoners are housed at Guayas 1, which the government claimed to have restored “total control” over through its communications department, Segcom.

According to police, officers recovered nine rifles, a grenade launcher, four handguns, two revolvers, and 1,000 rounds of ammunition in the Ecuador prison riot.


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