RAS AL-AYN, Syria
Held for years in regime prisons, Ali Khatip, a lawyer, cannot forget his moments in the torture dungeons in Syria.
In an interview with Anadolu Agency, Khatip, from Syria's northwestern Idlib who was subjected to severe torture in regime prisons for about seven years, recalled the inhumane torture methods and cruelties he witnessed during his imprisonment at a detention center at the Hama airport.
Khatip said lost almost 50 kilograms of his weight in just three months of detention at the airport due to hunger and torture.
“I used to pray with my eyes. If they discerned, I would have been tortured”, Khatip recalled.
“I did not think about committing suicide even in my most vulnerable moments. My faith in God made me forget my suffering, kept me alive”, he said.
Khatip said he was arrested by regime forces on Sept.7, 2012 in the capital Damascus due to his participation in one of protests in the Jabal Zawiya region of Idlib.
After seven years in detention, he was released in April, 2019 and joined the ranks of Syrian National Army (SNA).
Syria has been locked in a devastating conflict since early 2011, when the Bashar al-Assad regime cracked down on demonstrators with unexpected severity.
The regime, which has killed thousands of people during the civil war, has detained hundreds of thousands of people in prisons and interrogation centers.
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*Writing by Zehra Nur Duz