The Assad regime’s security services have opened the file of detained and missing persons in Hama city, the site of the infamous Hama Massacre of February 1982, to extort money from families of the victims.
Local sources told Smart News Network that Assad’s security services have recently began searching for families of the missing people and threatened them with arrest. The Assad regime opened the files of the people who went missing during the military campaign that the Hafez al-Assad launched against Hama city and which lasted 27 days. Tens of thousands of civilians were killed in the attack on the city.
Families of the missing persons pointed out that Assad’s security services are threatening them with arrest if they do not pay them money. Assad’s security services told those families that they were guilty of being filled with indignation at the atrocities Hafez al-Assad regime committed in Hama and for their loss of their loved ones.
The majority of the families have not heard anything about their loved ones since they went gone missing around 35 years ago. They even do not dare to say that their loved ones were executed or killed under torture, the Network said.
Hafez al-Assad forces committed a horrible massacre in February 1982 in the city of Hama. Assad’s so-called Defense Brigades militia stormed the city after subjecting it to siege and bombardment. Thousands of civilians were detained for long periods in unknown locations. Amnesty International said that the detainees were subjected to various methods of brutal torture and ill-treatment. (Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department)