'At least 60,000 dead' in Syria regime prisons

Inmates are released from the Damascus Central Prison in June 2014 after an amnesty was announcedAt least 60,000 people have died in Syrian government prisons over the past five years from torture or due to dire humanitarian conditions, including a lack of food, a monitor said Saturday. The head of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group, Rami Abdel Rahman, said he compiled the toll from regime sources. “Since March 2011, at least 60,000 people lost their lives to torture or to horrible conditions, notably the lack of medication or food, in regime detention centres,” Abdel Rahman told AFP.

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