Patients tortured in Syria hospital

2012-03-05 11:55

Cape Town – Gruesome images of prisoners tortured by medical staff in a military hospital in Syria have been smuggled out of the country and will be broadcast on British TV on Monday night, says a report.

A hospital worker, whose name is given as "Abu Hamzeh" by the British paper the Daily Mail, is reported to have secretly shot the footage at a Homs military hospital within the last three months and handed it to a French journalist "Mani" to smuggle out of Syria.

According to the paper, the footage shows "wards full of wounded men, blindfolded and shackled to their beds. Some bear marks of extreme beating". The footage also shows  "the instruments of torture" - a rubber whip and electrical cable - on a table in one of the wards.

The report says those wounded during protests in Homs are brought to the hospital under the orders of the Syrian government.

"I have seen detainees being tortured by electrocution, whipping, beating with batons, and by breaking their legs," Abu Hamzeh told Mani.

"They twist the feet until the leg breaks. They perform operations without anaesthetics. I saw them slamming detainees' heads against walls. They shackle the patients to beds. They deny them water."

Photojournalist Mani, who spent most of January and February in Homs, told the paper that ordinary Syrians now considered it too dangerous to go to state-run hospitals if they're injured. "Most opt for hopelessly under-equipped makeshift backstreet clinics."

The footage comes after a report released by Amnesty international in October last year. The report claimed patients in government-run hospitals in Syria were being tortured in an attempt to suppress dissent.

  • wesleywt - 2012-03-05 12:04

    Where are the muslim protests against the murder of fellow muslims? Wait they are protesting against a book burning.

      Larry - 2012-03-05 13:01

      No wait, they are still demonising Israel for committing 'genocide' on Palestinians in Gaza two years ago. 1500 dead in a legitimate war to stop rockets from falling on civilian Israel children. Muslims are pathetic death lovers. Israel must disguise its humanitarian aid to suffering Syrians by giving it to the ICRC.

      Fred - 2012-03-06 07:37

      They don't need much of an invitation. Duh, Patrick, this is a Syria blog and you fell right into your OCD induced trap/tape loop.

      nowicki1 - 2012-03-06 17:50

      Patrick you have it the wrong way around, Zionists have a powerful influence on American in many ways. Check out "the attack on USS liberty" for an introduction. Or here

      nowicki1 - 2012-03-06 18:00

  • Anastasia - 2012-03-05 12:29

    First do no harm. I am horrified that the hospitals are condoning and encouraging this behavior. May the pain they cause under the auspices of being "medical professionals" be re-visited on them 100 fold.

  • Hallo - 2012-03-05 12:58

    Where are the World Police now?

      wesleywt - 2012-03-05 14:24

      You would say its imperialism if they get involved.

  • Neutedop - 2012-03-05 13:04

    Imagine that happened in a American run hospital in would have been blood shed! Why is everyone turning a blind eye?? Can you imagine twisting a leg till it breaks?

      Fidel - 2012-03-05 13:22

      Americans have been having it in Guantanamo since 2001 and in other undisclosed locations during their practice of Rendition using countries such as Syria and Jordan. Where have you been?

      Neutedop - 2012-03-05 13:42

      Fidel - that is why all inmates at Guatanamo walk with casts? And it was doctors that did it? The same doctors you went to for help 12 months ago? Get your head out of the Arabic world's ass, and you will agree that this is wrong on so many levels!!!

      Africa21stcentury - 2012-03-05 13:42

      @Racist, What supporters of dictators, tyrants, murderers and war criminals, are very good at ;; CONFUSE===CONFUSE---CONFUSE=CONFUSE and CONFUSE !!!!!!!!

      Fidel - 2012-03-05 13:50

      Where does it says in this report that it is the Doctors that have been engaging in this torture. How much of the torture going on in Guantanamo are you aware of. If you want to debate me, debate what I acually say and not what you want to refute. Such selective outrage in your case is unequivocally begotten by a neocon mindset. You can ugh and ahh, but the facts are there for all to see.. This is what I call a dysfunctional moral compass.

      Fidel - 2012-03-05 13:58

      You'd be less CONFUSED if you had one of your brains removed!

      Neutedop - 2012-03-05 14:26

      Fidel - so it is not doctors who operate anaesthetics. Even worst then - if the army is the one doing the operations!Once again, read between the lines. And to me, it does not really matter who is breaking the legs....if it makes a diferance to you. All that can save these people is the West, but I think the West had enough of being made scrapegoats when they help. So let them murder and torture each other - seems like it is the only way of life!

      Africa21stcentury - 2012-03-05 14:39

      Fidel "porkchops don't have brains !!! but rather brainless, than a SICK DISTURBED RACIST !!!!!!!!!!

      Fidel - 2012-03-05 14:45

      I'm open minded enough to acknowledge the strength of your argument, nevertheless it was you that brought up the American torture of Afghans and I merely pointed it out to you that Americans do engage in "illegal" torture as was sanctioned by their retarded president Bush. It would also help if people like you stopped this binary world view of US against THEM when discussing issues as there are shadings of grey or even variation in colour when it comes to ideas, thoughts and opinions. What Syria needs is a cease fire that would put a stop to the killing by both sides.

      Fred - 2012-03-06 07:39

      Fidel's also one with OCD. Totally weird. Doesn't get it.

  • Africa21stcentury - 2012-03-05 13:13

    The BUTCHER FROM DAMASCUS, got a free ticket from his friends in China and Russia , to commit TERROR !!!

  • Fidel - 2012-03-05 13:18

    A CEASE FIRE supervised by the intl community is urgently needed in that country before Syrians from both sides lose their humanity.

      Africa21stcentury - 2012-03-05 13:39

      @Racist, The BUTCHER OF DAMASCUS, lost his humanity at birth !!!

      Fred - 2012-03-06 07:39

      You're farting into the wind, Fidel.

  • Mike - 2012-03-05 13:33

    Islam, the 'religion' of peace.... they have always been and always will be violent and dangerous. Along with the rest of africa and the middle east.

      Fidel - 2012-03-05 13:52

      Europeans merely export their worst excesses abroad. It's called spreading civilisation. You know the history!

      Mike - 2012-03-05 15:20

      Civilisation is the ability to learn from mistakes and the past, something europeans have mastered and africa hasnt, why is the most of africa and middle east always locked in war? Because they cant learn from past experience or from someone else.

      Fidel - 2012-03-05 15:34

      They are locked in war because Europe has created an economic system that is dependent on these two regions.

      Fred - 2012-03-06 07:42

      Europe, the US, the West, everything but real responsibility by the likes of Fidel. Nothing about the HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS of civilians slaughtered by Islamist suicide and car bombers in public places. This is why Fidel, Patrick, Michael and a smattering of others on this blog lack credibility. They're not trustworthy, worthy of trust. They're OCD blind.

  • nowicki1 - 2012-03-06 17:53

    "ordinary Syrians now considered it too dangerous to go to state-run hospitals if they're injured"?? - load of sh1t

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