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May 26, 2020
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At least 28,000 Syrians ‘forcibly disappeared’, activists claim

According to the international activist group Avaaz, the tales represent a tiny fraction of the thousands of Syrians who have been kidnapped by Syrian government forces in the past 19 months. “Syrians are being plucked off the street by Syrian security forces and paramilitaries and being disappeared into torture cells,” Avaaz Campaign Director Alice Jay said in a statement, according to CNN. “This is a deliberate strategy to terrorize families and communities – the panic of not knowing whether your husband or child is alive breeds such fear that it silences dissent.” Avaaz reports that at least 28,000 have been “forcibly disappeared.” As of late Thursday morning, the Syrian government had not acknowledged the Avaaz report through state-run media. Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s government has consistently said it is fighting “armed terrorist groups” and is trying to secure the country. Fighting continues in the country. At least 124 people have been killed Thursday, the opposition Local Coordination Committees of Syria said.

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