Wadi el-Natrun prison

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The Wadi el-Natrun prison is an Egyptian prison complex in the Beheira Governorate, north of Cairo. It consists of two separate facilities 5 kilometers apart.[1]

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,[1] though a June 2013 court concluded that Hamas and Hezbollah worked with the Muslim Brotherhood to orchestrate the jailbreak.[2] 34 Brotherhood activists, including the future president Mohamed Morsi and Saad El-Katatni, were among those who escaped from the prison.[2] After the coup against Morsi in July 2013, prosecutors were reported to be investigating the circumstances of Morsi's prison escape.[3]


Coordinates: 29°57′06″N 31°16′42″E / 29.9517°N 31.2783°E / 29.9517; 31.2783