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Patients tortured in Syrian hospitals

world Updated: Oct 26, 2011 01:05 IST
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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.