Monday, 05 Dec 2022

Firefighters tackling blaze at Irans notorious Evin prison as gunshots reported

Firefighters tackling blaze at Irans notorious Evin prison as gunshots reported


Firefighters tackling blaze at Irans notorious Evin prison as gunshots reported

Firefighters are tackling a blaze at Evin prison in the Iranian capital, Tehran, which holds political prisoners, as shots and an alarm could be heard on Saturday.

State media quoted a security official, who was not named, who said the situation at the prison was "calm" after unrest in a section of the jail holding "thugs".

The first reports of gunfire were at 7.30pm local time as protests continue to sweep across the country.

"Gunshots can be heard from Evin prison and smoke can be seen," reported the activist website 1500tasvir, which also shared video footage it said showed special forces on motorbikes heading for the prison.

A witness told Reuters: "Families of prisoners have gathered in front of the main door of Evin prison. I can see fire and smoke. Lots of special forces. Ambulances are here too."

British-Iranian dual national Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe was incarcerated at Evin prison for almost five years. She was arrested in 2016 on spying allegations, charges which she has always denied, and finally returned home to the UK in March this year after a six-year ordeal.

Anoosheh Ashoori, a British-Iranian retired engineer, was jailed in Evin for nearly five years after being accused of spying for Israel, charges he always denied. He was freed at the same time as Zaghari-Ratcliffe.

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