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February 24, 2012

NOW Lebanon - Saudis in Syria “tortured” by regime forces, paper reports, february, 24, 2012

A number of Saudi nationals residing in Syria said they were tortured by security forces in the strife-stricken country, Saudi daily Okaz reported on Friday.
According to the daily, the Saudi Embassy in Jordan finalized the procedure of evacuating Saudi families residing in Syria to “save their lives.”
“[The embassy’s work] comes amid orders from Saudi Foreign Minister Saud al-Faisal to facilitate procedures for the Saudis returning to Saudi Arabia or coming from Syria,” the daily said.
It added that the Saudi Embassy in Damascus “has finalized similar cases where Saudis were tortured by Syrian regime forces because of their nationality.”
One of the young Saudi men who was detained and tortured in Homs told Okaz that he went to Syria to visit his mother when he was arrested.
“Before arresting [me], they had arrested my brother on allegations related to drugs and weapons. They assaulted me in prison until I was freed to return [to Saudi Arabia]. My brother was [also] freed [before me],” he said.
Syria has witnessed anti-regime protests since mid-March. The United Nations estimates that more than 6,000 people have been killed in the regime’s crackdown on dissent.

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