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60,000 people died in Syria prisons after war began, activists say

May 24
Tens of thousands have been tormented to death inside prisons run by Assad regime
Tens of thousands have been tormented to death inside prisons run by Assad regime

By Staff Writer, Iran Probe
Tuesday, 24 May 2016

The Syrian Human Rights Observatory says from the beginning of the war in Syria at least 60,000 people have lost their lives in government prisons. Most of these individuals died due to torture, or lack of food or medicine, according to the UK-based group.

The Observatory's chief Rami Abdurrahman said in a report that these numbers, obtained from sources inside regime prisons and security forces, consist of victims in Syria’s government prisons. These sources are individuals that seek to provide information to the outside world regarding the situation in Syria’s prisons, he says.

More than 20,000 prisoners have been killed in a government prison near Damascus, the report adds. The Syrian Human Rights Observatory confirms the death of more than 14,000 prisoners, including 11,000 juveniles.

Prior to this the United Nations issued a report back in February considering the policy of killing the Syrian people adopted by Damascus as crime against humanity.

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