Assad Regime Forces Detain 20 Civilians in Northern Aleppo

The Assad regime forces and Hezbollah Militia detained dozens of civilians at a checkpoint near the town of Nibbul in northern rural Aleppo.

The Syrian Network for Human Rights (SNHR) said that regime forces detained 20 civilians from the town of Azaz in northern rural Aleppo on July 22 and took them to an unknown destination.

The Media office in the town of Azaz said that the detention was instigated by elements of Hezbollah in response to the Free Syrian Army’s capture of a Hezbollah militant, named Ali Haider, during an attack on the town of Ayn Daqna in northern rural Aleppo on July 20.

The Syrian Coalition said that the continued detention of civilians by the Assad regime and its allies violates international resolutions, particularly the Geneva Communiqué of 2012 and UN Security Council resolution 2254, which called on the Assad regime to release all detainees in its custody.

According to estimates by rights groups, over 250,000 people are detained by the Assad regime. Thousands of photos of bodies of dead detainees have been leaked from inside the prisons of the Assad regime and showed signs of brutal torture and emaciation. Amnesty International accused the regime of setting up a crematorium inside Sednaya Prison to dispose of the bodies of detainees, pointing out that the Assad regime is committing war crimes against detainees in its prisons.

(Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department / 25.07.2017)

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