Venezuela says 13 inmates die of overdose after robbing infirmary ward
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At least 13 inmates die of overdose in Venezuela after robbing prison infirmary. Natalie Thomas reports.
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Venezuelan officials and prison inmates begin the task of identifying the dead after a prison riot on Monday.
Thirteen inmates are believed to have died from overdoses after they looted the hospital infirmary.
According to the government, the prisoners had ingested medical products including pure alcohol and antibiotics.
Outside the prison anxious relatives wait to hear news of their loved ones.
(SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) MARIA VARGAS, FAMILY MEMBER OF INMATE, SAYING:
"We want the identity of those who died to be brought into the public light. There are still many injured, many dead. We want to know everything."
A total of 145 prisoners were intoxicated during the revolt, which started after some inmates went on hunger strike demanding the dismissal of an official.
The country's overcrowded prison system has been beset by violence in recent years.
In 2013 as many as 54 people were killed in another riot.
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