SNHR: 232 Syrian Civilians Killed Under Torture in 2017
The Syrian Network for Human Rights (SNHR) that at least 232 people were killed under torture in Syria in 2017. Of those, 211 died in the prisons of the Assad regime, including a child and two women.
According to a report the monitoring group released on Tuesday, the victims included seven people who were killed under torture by militant groups, five by the militia of the Democratic Union Party (PYD), four by Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham militant group, and four by groups the Network said it was not able to identify.
The report indicated that the victims included 46 people from Damascus and its suburbs, 42 from Dara’a, 32 form Aleppo, 29 from Idlib, 25 from Homs, 20 from Deir Ezzor, 15 from Hama, nine from Lattakia, six from Raqqa, five from Hasaka, two from Suwayda, and one from Quneitra.
The Network pointed out the victims included eight university students, two engineers, two teachers, a media worker, a pharmacist, a nurse, two veterinary surgeons, a Red Crescent volunteer, two athletes, tow students, three elderly people, four relatives of people on the regime’s wanted list, two children, and two women.
The report listed 15 deaths under torture in the prisons of the Assad regime in December. The victims included five people from the province of Homs, four from Dara’a, three from Idlib, two from Hama, and one from Deir Ezzor.
The Network pointed out that the December victims included two veterinarians. The Assad regime was responsible for 90 percent of the total number of deaths under torture in 2017, SNHR added.
The report called on Russia, as a guarantor of the Assad regime, to abide by the agreements reached in Syria and to exercise real pressure on the Syrian and Iranian regimes to stop all forms of killing, bombing, torture as well as to release detainees.
In a report released on Monday, the Network said that 10,204 people were killed in Syria in 2017. It pointed out that the victims included 2,298 children and 1,536 women, the majority of whom were killed in Assad regime bombardment of populated areas. (Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department)