BEIRUT — A number of prisoners staged a gruesome protest in a prison in Sour, South Lebanon, on Friday evening to protest conditions inside the facility.
The prisoners cut themselves with sharp objects, security sources told L'Orient Today.
The prison is located in Sour's government palace building, where the prisoners raised a number of demands to the prison administration, including improved meal service, better hygiene, and time to rest, according to security sources.
Internal Security Forces (ISF) managed to suppress the self-harm and transferred the injured to hospitals in the area, according to security sources. Local television station Al-Jadeed reported nine prisoners were injured in the incident.
The prison protest in Sour comes as Lebanon's dire socio-economic and financial collapse, now in its fourth year, continues to deepen. The crisis has worsened conditions in prisons and detention centers, where overcrowding and a lack of medical care regularly provoke riots.
Reporting contributed by Muntasser Abdallah.