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‘Assad regime tortured, electrocuted and raped Palestinian detainees’

Women of International Conscience Convoy comprising people from over 50 countries, tie their hands to attract notice to Syrian women in prisons, as they gather at a fair area after their arrival in Hatay, Turkey on March 8, 2018 [Erdal Türkoğlu / Anadolu Agency]
Women of International Conscience Convoy comprising people from over 50 countries, tie their hands to attract notice to Syrian women in prisons, as they gather at a fair area after their arrival in Hatay, Turkey on March 8, 2018 [Erdal Türkoğlu / Anadolu Agency]

The Action Group for the Palestinians of Syria said on Saturday that the regime of President Bashar Al-Assad has committed various violations against Palestinian refugees detained in its prisons, including “torture, electrocution and rape.”

According to a report published on the group’s website, as many as 35 Palestinian female refugees have died of torture in the Syrian regime’s prisons and detention centres.

The Monitoring and Documentation Team in the Action Group confirmed that as many as 565 Palestinians refugees, including children and elderly persons, have died during and after torture by the regime.

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It claims that the government in Damascus continues to conceal more than 1,724 detainees in various prisons and security branches, including 108 women and girls.

One Palestinian former detainee testified to the Action Group that the regime’s security forces violated herself and other women with electrocution, brutal beatings and rape, sometimes more than 10 times a day. Similar torture was used against all Palestinian detainees, she insisted.

Although the Syrian security services have apparently handed over personal documents relating to dozens of victims who died under torture, their relatives refuse to disclose the victims’ names for fear of reprisal. At least 82 Palestinian refugees died under torture in Assad’s prisons in 2018, the Action Group’s report added.

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