Nine killed in Sri Lanka prison riot

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Updated 09 November 2012
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Nine killed in Sri Lanka prison riot

COLOMBO: At least nine people were killed and another 26 wounded at Sri Lanka’s main prison Friday after inmates overpowered guards and fought gun battles with elite police commandos, officials said.

Clashes erupted as elite police Special Task Force (STF) commandos carried out a search inside the Welikada prison for drugs and smuggled mobile phones, a military official at the scene told AFP.
“Some of the inmates grabbed weapons and have used them,” the officer said asking not to be named. “We have ringed the prison and closed the adjoining Base Line road to make sure civilians don’t get hit by gunfire.”
Colombo National Hospital director Anil Jasinghe said nine people were dead on admission.
“A total of 35 people were brought in and nine of them were already dead,” Jasinghe told reporters. “Six people are in a critical condition.”
The identity of the victims was not immediately clear, but witnesses said the dead appeared to be inmates. Some of the inmates got onto a roof and fired at troops and police on the ground.
Police and troops fired back, witnesses said.
Jasinghe said a police deputy was among those brought in for treatment.
Troops used armored vehicles to move in reinforcements as inmates kept on firing, witnesses said.
There was similar violence at the same penitentiary in January when 25 inmates and four guards were wounded.
In 2010, more than 50 police and prison guards were wounded in a riot during another raid to seize illegal mobile phones.
 


Corbyn: Labour government would quickly recognize Palestine

Updated 22 June 2018
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Corbyn: Labour government would quickly recognize Palestine

  • British opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn said Friday that a government under his leadership would recognize a Palestinian state "very early on" and push hard for a political solution to the Syrian civil war.
  • Corbyn spoke during his first international trip outside Europe since he was elected Labour Party leader in 2015.

ZAATARI REFUGEE CAMP, Jordan: British opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn said Friday that a government under his leadership would recognize a Palestinian state "very early on" and push hard for a political solution to the Syrian civil war.
Corbyn spoke during his first international trip outside Europe since he was elected Labour Party leader in 2015.
On Friday, he toured Zaatari, Jordan's largest camp for Syrian refugees. On Saturday, he is to visit a decades-old camp for Palestinians uprooted during Arab-Israeli wars.
In Zaatari, he walked through the camp market, lined by hundreds of stalls, where he sampled falafel and chatted with a sweets vendor who told him his dream is to return to Syria as soon as possible. Corbyn also inspected a sprawling solar power installation that provides about 12 hours a day of electricity to the camp's 80,000 residents.
Labour under Corbyn gained parliament seats, but narrowly lost to Prime Minister Theresa May's Conservative Party in 2017 snap elections.
Opinion polling suggests the two parties are neck and neck. Britain is not scheduled to have another election until 2022, but there could be an early vote if May's fragile minority government suffers a major defeat in Parliament.
With his visit to Jordan, Corbyn appeared to be burnishing his foreign policy credentials.
Taking questions from reporters in the Zaatari market, he said that a Labour government would "work very, very hard to regenerate the peace process" in Syria. He said two parallel sets of talks about a solution for Syria would need to "come together," but did not offer specifics.
Without a solution in Syria, "the conflict will continue, more people will die in Syria and many many more will go to refugee camps, either here in Jordan or come to Europe or elsewhere," he told The Associated Press.