Syrian opposition group denounces rebel unit for torture

BEIRUT - The pro-opposition Syrian Observatory for Human Rights denounced on Tuesday a rebel battalion it said has tortured and extorted residents in Syria's northern city of Aleppo.
Torture, kidnapping and summary killings have become a daily aspect of Syria's uprising-turned-civil war.
But the Observatory, a British-based group with a network of activists across Syria, said it felt compelled to single out the Aleppo unit of the Free Men of Syria Brigade (Ahrar Suriya) after collecting a large number of witness testimonies that point to frequent cases of detainment and torture.
"These types of incidents are increasingly common on both sides unfortunately. Many of these people are civilians, not fighters. Incidents like this degrade the revolution that people started," said Rami Abdelrahman, head of the Observatory, in a telephone interview.
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