At Least 68 Dead as Fire Erupts Amid Riot at Venezuela Jail

At Least 68 Dead as Fire Erupts Amid Riot at Venezuela Jail Photo Anguished relatives of inmates outside a police station in Valencia, Venezuela, where a deadly fire broke out during a riot. Credit Carlos Garcia Rawlins/Reuters CARACAS, Venezuela — At least 68 people died when a fire erupted during a riot at a jail in the northern city of Valencia, the attorney general said late Wednesday.
The announcement hours came after crowds of anguished family members had gathered outside the facility, some weeping and others facing off with police officers in riot gear. Officials had released little information throughout the day.
Tarek Saab, the attorney general, said four prosecutors had been named to investigate the cause and circumstances. All but two of the victims were men, he said.
The facility, attached to a police station, had a capacity of about 60 detainees, workers at the scene said, although prison crowding has often resulted in Venezuelan detention facilities exceeding their capaci..

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Mireille Knoll, Murdered Holocaust Survivor, Is Honored in Paris

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