SDF arrested civilians in al Bseira city in Deir Ez-Zour suburbs on January 7

Syrian Democratic Forces carried out raids in al Bseira city in the eastern suburbs of Deir Ez-Zour suburbs on January 7, 2021. SNHR documented that three civilians were arrested in the raids and taken to an undisclosed location.

We note that the phones of the detained civilians being confiscated, preventing them from contacting their families. SNHR fears that they will be subjected to torture and ultimately classified as forcibly ‘disappeared’, like approximately 85 percent of all detained persons.

SNHR notes that about 3,398 Syrian citizens are still detained or forcibly disappeared in the SDF’s detention centers, constituting a grave threat to their wellbeing given the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.