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248 Palestinians forcibly disappeared by Syria regime: monitor

A Palestinian human rights network confirmed that 248 Palestinian refugees, including women and children, from the Khan al-Sheeh camp in Damascus countryside were forcibly disappeared by the Syrian regime since the revolution erupted in March 2011.
The Action Group for the Palestinians of Syria (AGPS) stressed in a report that the regime’s security and intelligence branches keep the names of the Palestinian detainees secret, which makes knowing the fate of the detainees almost impossible, with the exception of some information received from the released that is obtained from time to time.
The monitoring group said that its monitoring and documentation team was able to document the death of 621 refugees under torture in regime prisons.
Palestinian activists and a number of families of Palestinian detainees called on the new Palestinian ambassador to the Syrian regime, Samir Al-Rifai, to assume his responsibilities towards the Palestinian detainees in Syrian prisons and to take advantage of the good relations between the Palestinian Authority and the Assad regime in order to release more than 1,800 Palestinian detainees.
The messages of the detainees’ families that submitted to AGPS confirm that the Palestinian Authority ignored the suffering of the detainees’ families and the appeals during the war events, which call for the intervention of the Authority, the Liberation Organization and the factions to release their children in Syrian detention, and to reveal their fate.
The Palestinian Authority appointed a member of the Fatah Central Committee, the Commissioner for Foreign Regions, Samir al-Rifai, as its ambassador to the Assad regime, a diplomat who has good relations with the regime and the Palestinian factions in Syria.

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