Syrian regime forces carried out raids on al Shraida village which is administratively a part of al Sabkha town in the eastern suburbs of Raqqa governorate on September 12. SNHR has documented that five civilians were arrested and taken to a detention center in Ma’dan city in the eastern suburbs of the governorate.
The arrests were conducted without legal arrest warrants being issued by a court, with no members of the detainees’ families being informed of their arrests or whereabouts, and with the phones of those detained civilians being confiscated, preventing them from contacting their families or lawyers. SNHR fears that they will be subjected to torture and ultimately classified as forcibly ‘disappeared’, like approximately 85 percent of all detained persons.
SNHR can confirm that at least 130,689 Syrian citizens are still detained or forcibly disappeared in the regime’s detention centers, constituting a grave threat to the detainees’ wellbeing given the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.