Amnesty Int'l: Syrian hospitals become tools of repression

October 25, 2011 11:55


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LONDON - The Syrian government has turned hospitals into "instruments of repression" in its drive to crush opposition, the human rights group Amnesty International said on Monday.

Wounded patients in at least four government-run hospitals have been subjected to torture and other ill-treatment, including by medical staff, Amnesty said in a report.

Other hospital workers suspected of treating protesters and others injured during demonstrations have themselves faced arrest and torture, it added.

Syria has intensified a crackdown on protests and an armed insurgency despite Western condemnation. The United Nations says the crackdown has killed 3,000 people.

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