Iran. Smoke rise seen in Evin prison videos posted online

Iranian videos uploaded on Saturday (October 15) showed smoke rising from Iran’s Evin prison. The prison holds political prisoners. Gunshots and an alarm could be heard. There was no immediate comment from Iranian officials or any reports from state media.

“Shots can be heard from Evin prison and smoke can be seen,” said activist website 1500tasvir, which also shared video footage.

Reuters said it was able to confirm the location from buildings and scenery seen in the video that matched files and satellite photographs of the area. However, the news agency said it was unable to confirm the date of the video.

“Families of detainees gathered outside the main gate of Evin prison,” a witness told Reuters. “I can see fire and smoke. Lots of special forces. Ambulances are there too.”

Siamak Namazi, an Iranian-American imprisoned in Iran for nearly seven years on spying charges dismissed by Washington as baseless, returned to Evin on Wednesday (October 12) after being granted a brief temporary absence, his son said. lawyer. Other binationals also take place in Evin.

The prison mainly houses inmates facing security charges. He has long been criticized by the rights group. He was also blacklisted by the United States in 2018 for “serious human rights violations”.

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