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World News January 15, 2024

Ecuadorian military, police raid prisons to regain control amid ‘state of emergency’

Ecuador’s army and police conducted joint operations to regain control of prisons following riots and hostage-taking incidents. Approximately 800 military and police officers reclaimed control of a prison in Machala, El Oro province, while another operation secured the Turi prison in Azuay province. In Esmeraldas, 1,100 personnel confiscated explosives and prohibited items. The unrest began on January 8 after a drug lord escaped. President Daniel Noboa declared a 60-day state of emergency and an “internal armed conflict” against organized crime groups. Security forces have conducted over 10,000 operations, resulting in numerous arrests, including 125 labeled as “terrorists.”

Source – CGTN

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