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Death of elderly woman due to torture and lack of health care in Syrian National Army’ detention center confirmed, May 30

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A 62-year-old woman, named as Mawlidah Nu’man, from Bouzikah village which is administratively a part of Afrin city in the northern suburbs of Aleppo governorate, was arrested by members of the Syrian National Army’s al Hamzah squad in April 2019, during a raid on her home in the village on accusations of colluding with Syrian Democratic Forces. Since then, she has been classified as forcibly disappeared, with the SDF denying her arrest and preventing anyone, even a lawyer, from visiting her. On May 30, 2021, al Hamzah squad informed her family of her death in al Ra’ie Prison in al Ra’ie village in northeast Aleppo governorate, handing over her body to family members. SNHR data from numerous sources confirms that she was in good health at the time of her arrest, indicating that she probably died due to torture and lack of health care in the prison.
SNHR can confirm that at least 3,577 Syrian citizens are still detained or forcibly disappeared in the armed opposition’s detention centers, constituting a grave threat to the detainees’ wellbeing.
We note that approximately 46 Syrian citizens have died in opposition detention centers.