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New photos thought to show more Syrian torture

New photos obtained by Anadolu Agency thought to be further evidence of torture committed by Syrian regime forces.

23.01.2014
New photos thought to show more Syrian torture

MONTREUX

New photographs obtained by Anadolu Agency (AA) on Thursday appear to show further torture and cruelty committed by Syrian regime forces.

They include horrific scenes of naked human bodies covered with torture marks and bundled in tarpaulin, and follow the release of another set of photographs Monday that show the killing of nearly 11,000 Syrian detainees. 

One photograph released Thursday features a corpse with burnt genital organs, while another shows a man with his eyes scratched out.

Children under 18 years old, women and some elderly people are seen in the images.

Imad al Din Rashid, a member of the Syrian opposition delegation, told journalists attending the Geneva II Syria peace talks in Switzerland that the images themselves were not the main issue.

"What is important is that these incidents still continue in Syria," he stated.

He added that the release of the photographs was not a political presentation, but a humanitarian one.

Both sets of photographs appear to be evidence of war crimes commited by Syrian President Bashar Assad's regime.

The photographs' high resolution has enabled criminal investigation teams and forensic experts to investigate them in detail.

It is believed the latest images were taken in military bases located near the Syrian capital, Damascus, while those released Monday - available in a joint exclusive by Anadolu Agency, CNN and Britain's The Guardian newspaper - are understood to be have been taken by a former military police officer over a two-year period and were accompanied by a report by forensic experts.

It is not known who today's set was taken by.

Storyful, a news agency that specialises in video and image verification, told AA by email Thursday that the law firm responsible for the release of the report accompanying the earlier pictures had said that they were unaware of any further related images.

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