The Assad regime’s security forces continue with the policy of forcible disappearance of detainees and holding them in dire conditions despite the risk of the coronavirus outbreak. The number of new coronavirus cases has recently spiked in the regime-held areas, especially in Damascus.
In a report issued on Thursday, the Action Group for Palestinians of Syria (AGPS) said that it had documented 252 forcibly disappeared Palestinian-Syrians from the Yarmouk camp south of the capital Damascus, including 227 men and 25 women.
The London-based monitoring group said that the figure included 125 who were detained in Yarmouk camp, nine in Al-Tadamon neighborhood, seven in each of Al-Zahirah neighborhood and the town of Yalda, and four in each of Al-Sayeda Zainab district and Husseiniya camp.
The report indicated that the Assad regime’s security branches are withholding information on the Palestinian-Syrian detainees, which makes it nearly impossible to know anything about their fate or whereabouts, except the information obtained from ex-detainees.
The group said that it had documented the deaths of at least 620 Palestinian-Syrians under torture in the prisons of the Assad regime since 2011.
(Source: SOC’s Media Department)