Sunday, 22 January 2017
Ex-detainee describes murdering methods in Assad-run hospitals
'Abu Saeed, who was displaced from the southern countryside of Damascus to Daraa, tells his story of arrest which ended in an Assad military hospital causing him a permanent disability in his foot.
"I was shot by a sniper at the beginning of 2012 so I was being treated in a private hospital when the military security forces arrested me, but due to my health condition I was moved to a military hospital called 601 in Damascus.
At the hospital, the detective charged me with terrorism and armed action even before making sure of the reason of my injury or whether I was a civilian or a militant and so I was moved to a cell in the hospital where I suffered and witnessed the atrocities against the detainees.
I stayed for more than a year in that cell and saw how the detainees were being treated as all of them were handcuffed regardless of their health conditions.
The hospital was affiliated to the regime’s military forces so it was mainly treating regime’s thugs and militants, but the injured detainees who were taken there were kept in a cell inside the hospital campus without receiving any kind of treatment, they were rather dying because of torture and medical negligence.
In that cell, we were never observed by any doctors or nurses.
Their [detainees who were brought from security branches] wounds were left to rot and severe infections and they were brought there to be liquidated, that was the hospital’s main function when it came to the detainees.
Killing methods in the hospitals varies from direct liquidation to killing by deliberate medical negligence, not to mention brutal hitting with rifles, suffocating by putting wet cotton pads on our noses and mouths or even injecting oxygen water in our blood.
1700 detainees from only one security branch were killed along the period I spent there. After killing a detainee, they used to write a number on his forehead then take a photo of him and move his body to an unknown place.
During the 7 months I spent in that cell, I never got any kind of medical treatment, so the infection in my wound reached the nerves and most of my back and I was lucky to be able to get treatment after being released while hundreds of detainees died there because of gangrene.
The detainees inside the cell varied from defectors from regime forces, doctors, engineers and university students and instructors who were tortured the most because they were educated as regime forces think that they are the ones who encourage people to revolt against the regime." '