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Inmates take several wardens hostage in Lebanon

By Nada Husseini, CNN
  • The inmates are demanding better conditions
  • The standoff is at a prison in northern Tripoli

Beirut, Lebanon (CNN) -- An unspecified number of prisoners at one of the largest prison in Lebanon took several wardens hostage on Monday as they demanded better conditions, authorities said.

Authorities were in negotiations with the inmates Monday to secure the release of the guards at the Qobbeh prison in the northern city of Tripoli, the country's Internal Security Forces told CNN.

The prison houses about 500 inmates, the security force said.