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Amnesty International: Pictures tell tale of torture in Syria

"Adnan" says he was arrested in a dawn raid on his home last year and beaten Photo: Amnesty International

“Adnan”, a 35-year-old painter from Khirbet al-Ghazeleh town was arrested in a dawn raid of his home on or around 20 April 2011.

He claims he was beaten on arrest and then repeatedly tortured while he was held for two weeks at an Air Force base in al-Suwayda.

“Adnan” says he was struck extremely hard on his right hip while he was detained there.

"Karim" says he was tortured and held for over three months Credit: Amnesty International

“Karim” an 18-year-old student from al-Taybeh described to Amnesty International the torture he suffered while being taken to the Air Force Intelligence branch in Dera’a city shortly after his arrest in late October 2011.

He claims he was arrested by Air Force Intelligence officials during a raid on a relative’s house where he was hiding.

"Karim" was then detained incommunicado for over three months during which he was kept in several security forces’-run detention centres, a secret underground cell in Gharz Central Prison where he was held for 19 days, and an army facility.

He said “I was very badly beaten, They used pincers to remove flesh from my legs.”

He was apparently tortured in virtually all of these detention facilities and twice forced to finger-print papers, the contents of which he did not know.

"Mousa" says that by the end of his imprisonment he had become numb to pain Credit: Amnesty International

“Mousa”, described to Amnesty International the beatings he suffered while held in the Military Intelligence branch in Dera’a where he was taken after his arrest in October 2011.

He claims that during this time: “I was hanged from the metal handcuffs on my hands attached to the wall.

"This hugely strained my hands and was very painful. I also suffered the ‘German chair’ torture method and while in that position I was given electric shocks.

"I was also hanged from the window and my feet did not reach the ground for a few days… By the end of it, I lost my sense of pain – even that caused by electric shocks.”

These marks of torture were still evident on his body when Amnesty International interviewed him three months later.

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