The move comes after the Ecuadorian prosecutor’s office asked the government to take “urgent measures” to deal with the situation, according to a post on the agency’s official Twitter account.
Ecuadorian police began activating security protocols on Friday night after reports of shootings and possible clashes between inmates at the jail, according to Guayas Governor Pablo Arosemena in an announcement posted to the Guayas province government’s official Facebook page.
The deadly clashes appear to be a case of gang violence, according to the governor, who said prisoners “not only used weapons and detonations, but they tried to suffocate. [other prisoners], burned mattresses, and more. “
Ecuador’s prison system has been in a state of emergency since the deadly clashes in September. More than 300 inmates have been killed in prison violence this year, according to figures from Ecuadorian prison service SNAI.