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On Palestinian Prisoner's Day, 1800 people still held by Assad regime: Monitor

​​The Syrian regime continues to detain more than 1,800 Palestinian refugees, including children, women and the elderly, many of whom have been forcibly disappeared.
 
On the occasion of the Palestinian Prisoner's Day, which falls on April 17 of each year, the Action Group for Palestinians of Syria said that 636 Palestinian refugee victims have died under torture in Syrian prisons since 2011.
 
The AGPS confirmed that the real number of detainees and victims of torture is greater than what has been documented, due to the Syrian regime's concealment of the names and information of detainees held in its prisons.
 
In addition to the fear of the families of the victims of announcing the death of their children under torture, for fear of prosecution by the Syrian regime.
 
The London-based monitoring group stressed that these people are subjected to all forms of torture in the Syrian security branches and secret and public detention centers without the slightest form of health care and in very difficult humanitarian conditions, during which hundreds of detainees died.
 
The  AGPS renewed its demand for the regime to release and disclose Palestinian detainees whose fate is unknown, and stressed the need to reveal the numbers, names and burial places of those who died under torture, stressing that families have the right to ascertain the fate of their children, whether they are among the victims or the living.
 
The Syrian conflict - which led to the loss of at least 500,000 lives and displaced more than 13,2 million people -  began in 2011 after the Assad regime brutally cracked down on peaceful pro-democracy protests.

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