World Bulletin/News Desk
Head of a Syrian human rights watchdog said on Wednesday that 2,964 Syrians have been killed under torture at the hands of the Syrian security apparatus since the beginning of the country's civil war.
Speaking at a conference on human rights and humanitarian crisis in Syria held by the UN Human Rights Council at the Geneva Office, Fadel Abdulghani, director of the Syrian Network of Human Rights (SNHR) -- a London-based group that tracks civilian and dissident casualties -- said that 4 to 5 people were tortured to death every day in Syrian prisons.
Abdulghani said 215,000 people are held in prisons in Syria, 9,000 of whom are children and 4,500 women, adding that 18 thousand people are missing in the country.
Abdulghani also said the SNHR had confirmed over 9 thousand reports of rape in the more than two-and-a-half year-long conflict.
The meeting is the first of the two absolute monarchs since a major rift between Qatar and Saudi Arabia earlier this year and follows attempts by Doha to broker a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas in Gaza.
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