Roumieh Prisoners Sew Their Lips, Announce Beginning of Hunger Strikeإقرأ هذا الخبر بالعربية
Dozens of inmates in the Roumieh prison went on a hunger strike on Wednesday to protest the jail administration’s “mistreatment.”
"Around 50 prisoners went on a hunger strike to protest what they described as Roumieh administration’s ill-treatment of the detainees,” LBCI television reported.
The jailed men also demanded a meeting with State Commissioner to the Military Court Judge Saqr Saqr to file a complaint against the administration in Lebanon's largest prison.
The inmates even sewed their lips together to announce the beginning of their hunger strike, according to a video footage that was shown on LBCI.
Wednesday's development in Roumieh comes two days after three prisoners succeeded in escaping the detention center in Roumieh on Monday.
However, security forces were able to catch and arrest Mohammed al-Jouni and Saeed Sabra, both Lebanese, while Syrian national Muhannad Abdul Rahman remains on the run.
Roumieh, the oldest and largest of Lebanon's overcrowded prisons, has witnessed sporadic prison breaks and escalating riots in recent years as inmates living in poor conditions demand better treatment.