Lebanese military finds Syrian deaths in custody ‘not a result of violence’
:: Local Lebanese media reported on Monday that forensic doctors found that the four Syrians who died in the custody of the Lebanese military a few days after their arrest did not die due to violence.
Human Rights Watch questioned the findings, as many questions remained unanswered, according to the organization.
“Leaking a short summary of the doctors’ report does not address Human Rights Watch findings that photos of the bodies showed marks consistent with torture,” said Nadim Houry, terrorism and counterterrorism terrorism director at Human Rights Watch.
“The Lebanese military should make public the full results of its investigation, and address allegations of torture and reports that a fifth Syrian, Toufic al Ghawi, also died in custody.”
The four Syrians were among hundreds arrested during a military raid in the border town of Arsal. Lebanese soldiers stormed two refugee camps earlier this month near the town, but were met with a string of suicide attacks and grenades.
“We spoke to refugees who allege that they and others were tortured and ill-treated in detention following the military raid,” HRW researcher Bassam Khawaja told Al Arabiya English in a previous interview.
He added that images of the victims were sent to a doctor by HRW for further analysis.