Syria's disappeared: Report says almost 1m Syrians tortured during uprising

Published January 17th, 2013 - 08:49 GMT
A new report claims almost 1 million Syrians have been tortured since March 2011.
A new report claims almost 1 million Syrians have been tortured since March 2011.

More than 1 million Syrians have been arrested since the uprising began in March 2011 and almost all were tortured, according to a new report by the Syrian Human Rights Committee.

The report said 99 percent of detainees underwent some form of torture and more than 1,350 were killed in Syrian prisons.

As violence continues unabated in Syria, the UN World Food Programme said it would ramp up aid to the country, where an estimated 2.5 million people are suffering from food shortages.

The agency will now partner with more than 100 local NGOs to deliver the aid, which was previously the sole remit of the Syrian Arab Red Crescent.

As well as distributing much-needed wheat and flour for bread-making, the WFP is allocating fuel to bakeries.

Syria’s conflict shows no signs of slowing, with a devastating bomb attack on Aleppo University killing at least 82 people on Tuesday and several bomb attacks in Idlib on Wednesday, according to agencies.


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