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3,626 Palestinian refugees killed in Syria since 2011

Smoke rises after Assad regime's warplane carried out airstrikes over Arbin town of the Eastern Ghouta region in Damascus, Syria on December 2, 2017 [Samir Tatin / Anadolu Agency]
Smoke rises after Assad regime's warplane carried out airstrikes over Arbin town of the Eastern Ghouta region in Damascus, Syria on December 2, 2017 [Samir Tatin / Anadolu Agency]

The Task Group for Palestinians in Syria has revealed that 3,626 Palestinian refugees have been killed in the war-torn country since 2011, Arabs48.com reported on Sunday.

Breaking the figures down, the group said that 1,148 were killed in air strikes; 957 were killed in clashes between the Syrian regime and opposition gunmen; and 475 were tortured to death by the Syrian security forces. The latter figure includes 35 women.

A report by the Task Group added that 308 Palestinian refugees were killed by snipers and 201 died due to lack of food and healthcare services, most of them in Al-Yarmouk Refugee Camp. The others were killed either in explosions, field executions or after they were kidnapped.

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Almost 1,650 Palestinian refugees are being held in Syrian prisons. All, it said, were forcefully disappeared and their exact location or fate is still unknown.

The treatment of female Palestinian refugees in Syrian prisons is said to be very bad. It is alleged that they have been subjected to electric shocks, beatings with whips and iron batons, and rape.

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