Syrian regime arrested civilians in al Mayadeen city in Deir Ez-Zour on June 24

On June 24, 2020, Syrian regime forces arrested four civilians during raid on their homes in al Mayadeen city in the eastern suburbs of Deir Ez-Zour governorate and took them to an undisclosed location. 

The arrests were conducted without any legal arrest warrants being issued by a court, and no members of the detainees’ families were informed of their arrest, with the phones of those arrested being confiscated, preventing them from contacting their families or lawyers. SNHR fears that they will be subjected to torture and ultimately classified as forcibly ‘disappeared’ like approximately 85 percent of those detained by the regime.

SNHR notes that about 130,000 Syrian citizens are still detained in the Syrian regime’s detention centers, constituting a grave threat to their wellbeing given the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.