At least 28,000 Syrians still missing after being snatched by Assad troops: report

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BEIRUT — At least 28,000 Syrians have gone missing since they were abducted by forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad during the 19-month-old revolt, activist group Avaaz said Thursday.

Quoting statements from Syrian human rights lawyers and families, Avaaz said security forces had set out to terrorize communities by grabbing people off the street and torturing them.

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Other rights groups have also accused Syrian rebel groups of abducting people they deem pro-government.

Video footage accompanying the Avaaz statement showed two soldiers stopping a man and a woman, forcing them to the ground and dragging them away.

The film also showed an interview with a man saying his wife had been abducted six months ago in the Baba Amr district of Homs, which has been partly levelled by government bombardment.

“I lived my whole life with her,” said the…

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