Human toll in Syria at least 28,000
AT LEAST 28,000 people have vanished in Syria, victims of a state campaign to terrorise President Bashar al-Assad's subjects into submission, human rights groups have said.
Agents of the regime are seizing suspected rebel sympathisers from their homes or even off the street, according to campaigners.
Avaaz, a global campaign network that aids opposition activists in Syria, said the names of 18,000 missing people had been collected, along with a further 10,000 cases of unnamed victims spirited into secret detention and torture facilities.
One Syrian-based human rights organisation said up to 80,000 people had disappeared since the uprising began. (© Daily Telegraph, London)