LONDON - Deaths in Syrian prisons and police detention have soared in recent months as President Bashar Assad's government tries to crush protests against his rule, Amnesty International said on Tuesday.
The London-based human rights group said it had details of at least 88 people believed to have died in detention between April and mid-August.
At least 52 of them had apparently suffered some form of torture that was likely to have contributed to their death.
This was a huge increase in abuse over that previously reported in the country, Amnesty said. Before the uprising, its researchers typically recorded around five deaths per year in custody.