Kurdish student tortured to death by Syrian security in Tartus


Siwar Kenj, the Kurdish student who was killed under torture by the Syrian security in Tartus.

ARA News 

Chel Agha, Syria – Siwar Kenj, student in the Faculty of Engineering Technology was detained by the Syrian security forces for 75 days with a group of fellow university students in the city of Tartous on the Syrian coast. The Syrian security informed his family on Monday that their son “died in prison” at the end of last July.

Kenj, who is of Kurdish nationality, is from the city of Afrin in the countryside of Aleppo, northeasern Syria. He was arrested in the city of Tartus, where he stayed to complete his studies, alongside with a group of other Kurdish university students: Fawaz Mohammed, Ibrahim Ahmed, Araz and Nechirvan who are studying in the second year of the Faculty of Arts in Tartus, an informed source, who preferred anonymity, told ARA News.

A member of Kenj’s family stated to ARA News that Kenj was arrested by the Syrian security forces in Tartous, and subjected to numerous types of torture, as well as accused of links with the Islamic State (IS) –al-Qaeda offshoot group previously known as ‘ISIL’.

“Our son was arbitrarily arrested, barbarically killed under torture for no reason,” the family member said.

Concerning the other detained students in Tartus, the source told ARA News: “We have no accurate information about the other detainees, but we knew through some private sources that they were moved yesterday from Tartus prison. They were either transferred to the Damascus-based Palestine Branch (considered the most brutal security branch in Syria) or Adra prison in Damascus suburbs.”

Meanwhile, the Syrian Network for Human Rights announced in a report last week that 155 detainees were killed under torture in the prisons of the Assad regime during last July.

According to the report, the majority of the victims who lost their lives in regular and irregular detention centers are from the city of Damascus and its environs. While the rest of the victims were from other Syrian provinces including Aleppo, Daraa and Hamah.

Noteworthy, the Syrian Violations Documentation Center reported “101,676 martyrs in the Syrian Revolution” whose death conditions were documented by the center since that start of the Syrian crisis in March of 2011.


Reporting by: Adam Aliyani and Ridwan Bizar

Source: ARA News

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