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1,600 cases of enforced disappearance among Palestinians in Syria

Image of Palestinian children holding banners in solidarity with Palestinian refugees in Syria [Ashraf Amra/Apaimages]
Palestinian children holding banners in solidarity with Palestinian refugees in Syria [Ashraf Amra/Apaimages]

Task Group for the Sake of Palestinian Refugees in Syria documented 1,600 cases of enforced disappearance among Palestinian refugees in Syrian regime prisons since 2011, the Anadolu Agency reported yesterday.

In a report issued yesterday, the Task Group said that the real number of enforced disappearance cases is much larger but there are no official statistics issued by the Syrian regime.

It added that it could not get the real number of cases because many families are afraid to report that their relatives are missing.

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According to Anadolu, the Task Group called for the Syrian regime to reveal information about hundreds of such cases and other Palestinian detainees whose fate remains unknown.

It described what the Palestinian refugees face in Syrian regime prisons as a “war crime”.

According to UN reports, approximately 450,000 Palestinian refugees are still living in Syria, with around 95 per cent in need of medical assistance.

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