Walid Khaled al-Hussein, from Hatla town in northern Deir Ez-Zour governorate, was arrested in April 2022 by the Syrian regime’s Military Security forces in a raid on his home in Hatla town. He was initially taken to a regime detention center in Deir Ez-Zour city then transferred to al-Balouna Prison in Homs governorate, and had been forcibly disappeared ever since, with the Syrian regime denying his detention and refusing to allow anyone, even lawyers, to visit him. On February 1, 2023, Syrian regime forces informed his family that he had died in al-Balouna Prison, returning his body to the family two days later on February 3.
We can confirm that Walid was in good health at the time of his arrest, which makes it highly likely that he died due to torture and medical negligence.
The Syrian Network for Human Rights stresses that around 135,253 Syrian citizens are still arrested and/or forcibly disappeared in regime detention centers. We are seriously concerned for their fate.
It should also be noted that around 14,475 Syrian citizens have been documented as dying due to torture in the Syrian regime’s detention centers.