Wadi el-Natrun prison
The prison was used to incarcerate Islamists under the regime of Hosni Mubarak and after the Egyptian Revolution of 2011, several prominent Muslim Brotherhood activists were imprisoned there. On 30 January 2011, thousands of prisoners were helped to escape from the prison. Some prisoners have suggested that those responsible for freeing them were in fact police officers acting under Interior Ministry orders, though a June 2013 court concluded that Hamas and Hezbollah worked with the Muslim Brotherhood to orchestrate the jailbreak. 34 Brotherhood activists, including the future president Mohamed Morsi and Saad El-Katatni, were among those who escaped from the prison. After the coup against Morsi in July 2013, prosecutors were reported to be investigating the circumstances of Morsi's prison escape.
- Ali Abdel Mohsen, Local recounts prisoners' tales of forced escape from Wadi al-Natroun, 3 March 2011
- Tarek El-Tablawy & Salma El Wardany, Egyptian Court Says Foreign Groups Involved in 2011 Jailbreaks, 23 June 2013.
- Ben Hubbard,Egypt Calls for New Look at Morsi Prison Escape in 2011, New York Times, 11 July 2013.