CNN digs out documentations of 2013 ISIS hospital crimes
CNN's recently published report reveals the horrifying details of a torture chamber operated by ISIS at an Aleppo hospital in 2013, with exclusive security camera footage acquired from the Commission for International Justice and Accountability.
In a recently published report, CNN unpacks the horrific details of a torture chamber run by ISIS at a hospital in Aleppo.
CNN acquired security camera footage of a Hospital in Aleppo, which was run as a torture chamber by ISIS back in 2013. The footage was acquired by the International Criminal Court's Commission for International Justice and Accountability (CIJA), as part of the effort to gather evidence that could be used to prosecute members of groups such as ISIS for past actions.
According to the report, hundreds of Syrians were held in this makeshift prison, and many never made it out alive. After the ISIS retreat, it was reported that prisoners were executed, with hands tied behind their backs, and their corpses were strewn across the floor.
Among the few who survived the torture chamber was Didier Francois, a French journalist, who recounted his testimony to CNN soon after his release.
"We could hear the Syrian prisoners in the first places where we were detained," he said. "In Aleppo hospital, for instance."
"There were also some Syrian and Iraqi prisoners there – local people who were detained for whatever reason – because they smoked or because the girls were not wearing the proper veil or whatever. And they were beaten and tortured. And we could hear them behind the doors."
"There were some rooms in which torture was taking place every night. And sometimes we were put in those rooms. And you could see the chains hanging or the ropes hanging or the iron bars."