Amjad al Abdullah from al Qusour neighborhood in Deir Ez-Zour city, a student at the Faculty of Medicine in Euphrates University in Deir Ez-Zour city, was arrested by Syrian regime forces in June 2014, in a raid on his home in the neighborhood and he has been forcibly disappeared ever since as the regime denied detaining him and hasn’t allowed anyone even a lawyer to visity him. On July 14, 2022, Syrian regime forces informed his family of his death inside a detention center through an officer. SNHR has information that Amjad was in good health at the time of his arrest, which indicate that he died due to torture and lack of medical care.
SNHR can confirm that the Syrian regime failed to hand Ismael’s body over to his family; this is standard practice for the regime, with the bodies of the majority of detainees who die in its detention centers being disposed of through mass cremations. Since the whereabouts of these prisoners’ remains is unknown and they are not handed over to their relatives, these detainees continue to be classified as being among the forcibly disappeared.
We can confirm that 132,667 Syrian citizens are still detained or forcibly disappeared in Syrian regime forces detention centers. We fear for their fate in light of the spread of COVID-19.
SNHR notes that 14,464 Syrian citizens are documented as having died due to torture inside the Syrian regime’s detention centers.