Syrian authorities arrested thousands of defected Syrian soldiers, head of the London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights Rami Abdul Rahman said on Thursday.
“Around 200 [pro-democracy protestors] died after being tortured in Syrian prisons,” Rahman also told Al-Arabiya television.
Abdul Rahman added that security forces have launched raids on the Homs neighborhood of Baba Amro and conducted arrests on Thursday.
“Homs can now be called the capital of the revolution… despite the killings and oppression, protests [against the regime] are still ongoing.”
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s troops have cracked down on protests against almost five decades of Baath rule which broke out mid-March, killing over 2,200 people and triggering a torrent of international condemnation.
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