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The number of Palestinian refugees who died as a result of torture in Syrian prisons is on the rise, the Action Group for Palestinians of Syria warned Monday according to Middle East Monitor.
According to the group, the bodies of 18 Palestinians from Yarmouk refugee camp were identified mostly by Zaman al-Wasl leaked mass torture photos.
The group announced earlier that it had documented the killing of nearly 315 Palestinian refugees under torture in Syrian prisons, Middle East Montor said.
The Syrian Network for Human Rights, in report issued last September, said at least 215,000 people were arrested by Syrian security since the revolution erupted in March 2011. (4500 of them are women and 9,000 are less than 18).
According to the report, 2630 detainees were tortured to death and 70,000 cases documented as enforced disappearance.
The atrocious photos of mass torture by Syrian security had been taken in the well-known 601 military hospital in Mezzah neighborhood of Damascus.
Hospital 601 was the photographing scene of Bashar al-Assad’s war crimes where the leaked photos showed hundreds of lifeless bodies with signs of starvation, brutal beatings, strangulation and other forms of torture and killing.
During the last few months, Zaman al-Wasl have published hundreds of photos of mass torture that illustrate apparent actions of serious international crimes committed in the chambers of security services against 11,000 detainees, according to human rights advocates.
“Crime of The Century’ photos are linked to war crime report made last year by a team of internationally recognized war crimes prosecutors and forensic experts.
In mid 2013, a team of war crimes prosecutors and forensic experts, had analyzed 55 thousand digital photos taken and provided by a Syrian defector codenamed "Caesar," who, along with his family, is now living outside Syria in an undisclosed location, according to CNN.
The team members shared their findings in a joint exclusive with CNN's "Amanpour" and The Guardian newspaper on January 20 2014.
Sir Desmond de Silva, the former chief prosecutor of Sierra Leone special court, in interview with CNN, likened the images to those of Holocaust survivors and Nazi death camps after World War II."
Syria is not a member of the International Criminal Court. The only way the court could prosecute someone from Syria would be through a referral from the United Nations Security Council.
Meanwhile, at least 220,000 people have been killed in Syria's conflict; more than double the figure documented a year ago and probably still an under-estimate, according to the United Nations.
Zaman al-Wasl deliberately insists to show victims' faces, so their families and relatives can recognize them.
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