Action Group for Palestinians of Syria documents 563 Palestinians tortured to death in Syrian government prisons

Editing Ayham Nasif | Translation Nouha Salti | Translation Editing Vera Halvorsen 🕔 Publication Date: December 18, 2018, 12:26:56 AM wire MILITARY Detainee

Turkey - SMART

The Action Group for Palestinians of Syria documented that 563 Palestinian refugees were tortured to death in Syrian government prisons out of 1,711 Palestinian detainees in the prisons.

The Action Group for Palestinians of Syria is located in London and is made up of Palestinian and Arab individuals. The group is the only organization to monitor and document violations against Palestinian refugees in Syria.

The group reported that three Palestinian refugees, including two sisters, have been tortured to death in Syrian government prisons since the beginning of Dec. 2018, adding that the Syrian government detained two Palestinian refugees in the same month. The group mentioned that the detainees' families cover up their relatives' detention, fearing harassment by the Syrian government security services.

The group added that detainees witness different kinds of torture in the Syrian government prisons and other secret detention places. The detainees also lack medical care and live in harsh humanitarian conditions.

The group said, "We verify the information about the detainees and victims by contacting their families and relatives, and we also check social media accounts to take more details from activists' pages."

In June 2018, the group urged the international community to double the funding of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) in order to continue providing services for Palestinian refugees in Syria.

Earlier, the group documented 1,680 Palestinian refugees, including 106 women, detained in Syrian government prisons.

Palestinian refugees in Syria used to live in specific refugee camps, such as the Yarmouk Camp near Damascus, which was the largest camp for Palestinian refugees. The Palestinian refugees were forced to leave the Yarmouk Camp after the Islamic States seized it. Many other Palestinian refugees lived in the Handarat camp in Northern Aleppo and the Khan al-Shih camp in Western Damascus.

Related

Editing Ayham Nasif | Translation Nouha Salti | Translation Editing Vera Halvorsen 🕔 Publication Date: December 18, 2018, 12:26:56 AM wire MILITARY Detainee
Previous Wire
US military aid convoy arrives in Northeastern Syria
Next Wire
Shooting by unknown persons kill and injure SDF members in Deir al-Zor