Syrian Democratic Forces carried out a raid on al Sh-heil city in the eastern suburbs of Deir Ez-Zour governorate on January 24, 2021. SNHR documented that 11 civilians were arrested in the raid and taken to one of the SDF’s detention centers in the city.
SNHR notes that none of the detained people’s family members were informed of their arrests, with their phones 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 the individuals detained in Syria.
SNHR notes that about 3,398 Syrian citizens are still detained or forcibly disappeared in SDF detention centers, constituting a grave threat to their wellbeing given the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.