Conditions of detainees in Al Khatib security branch in Damascus
Detainees in prisons are literally suffering from tragic conditions. Witnesses have reported a fraction of what happens in Al Khateeb state security branch located in Baghdad street in Damascus.
Detainees there are suffering from an extremely suffocating crowd-ness as double the number of detainees that could fit in a room are packed in each to the extent that no one is able to sleep or comfortably sit. Some of them are forced to stand all day without resting. Days could pass with detainees getting no sleep at all. The detainees also have no access to medicine and those who get ill are left to die slowly. Sun rays do not enter the dungeons at all. Food is extremely scarce. And of course, the daily psychological and physical torture the detainees are subjected to by means the human mind cannot bear to imagine worsen the conditions drastically.Consequently, detainees began to suffer from several diseases and fatal conditions including:
1] hallucinations caused by the lack of sleep
2] malnutrition because of the scarcity of food
3] skin diseases and rashes because of the crowds, the lack of sanitation, and the continuous perspiration
4] diseases caused by the extremely appalling means of tortureThe witnesses confirmed that 5-7 detainees died during the month of Ramadan (August) only because of the crowded dungeons. This death toll is only from few dungeons and no one know the exact death toll in all the other dungeons.