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Patients tortured in Syrian hospitals

Patients in Syrian state hospitals are subjected to torture and mistreatment as part of the government's crackdown on dissent, while medics are also being targeted, Amnesty International said.

world Updated: Oct 26, 2011 01:05 IST

Patients in Syrian state hospitals are subjected to torture and mistreatment as part of the government's crackdown on dissent, while medics are also being targeted, Amnesty International said.

A leading Syrian rights activist, meanwhile, said the Damascus regime has detained more than 30,000 people since launching a deadly crackdown on opposition protests in March."The Syrian government has turned hospitals into instruments of repression in its efforts to crush opposition," London-based Amnesty said in a 39-page report released on Monday.

The report documented how wounded patients in at least four government-run hospitals had been subjected to torture and other ill-treatment, both by medical workers and security personnel.

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