The report is based on interviews with more than 50 people from Tell Kalakh who fled the country to Lebanon. AI and other human rights groups have been denied access to Syria. During the military operation at least one person was allegedly killed by snipers and ambulances came under fire. In the following days, numerous people were detained. Witnesses claim that most people were subjected to torture. At least nine people died in custody bearing torture marks such as cuts to the chest, slashes on the thighs and gunshot wounds.
The AI report comes a day after Syrian security forces shot 14 people in the city of Hama which has owned a reputation as a symbol of anti-government activity. Since the beginning of the protests against the authoritarian regime of al-Assad more than 1,350 civilians and 350 security personnel have been killed, according to Syrian human rights groups.
The Syrian government has not commented on the report. AI urges the UN Security Council to refer the case to the International Criminal Court (ICC) in the Hague.