Syrian Democratic Forces carried out raids in al Terwaziya village which is administratively a part of Slouk district in the northern suburbs of Raqqa governorate on January 25, 2021. SNHR has documented that five civilians were arrested in the raids and taken to an undisclosed location.
We note that no members of the detainees’ families have been informed of their arrests, with the phones of the 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 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.