There have been complaints by Syrian soldiers who were captured by the Israelis during the October War that they were badly treated.
GV Newsmen outside hospital
SV Manager of hospital (on left) translator on right
SV PAN INTERIOR wounded in hospital (2 shots)
SV Wounded soldier in bed
SV PAN wounded soldier speaking Arabic then English SOF
MANAGER: (TRANSLATION): "We have here one hundred injured persons plus 20 crippled persons in this hospital. They are undergoing treatment, some of them need some operations."
REPORTER: "How was your treatment in Israel. Now were you treated?"
SOLDIER: "It was very bad."
TRANSLATOR (AFTER SOLDIER SPEAKS IN ARABIC) "They stayed in one concentration camp for two months. They never saw the sun for more than two days. There was no toilet in the concentration camp. All they had was one barrel for any excretion."
REPORTER: "He said they used to kick him and beat him."
TRANSLATOR: "To beat him especially on the injured area."
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Background: There have been complaints by Syrian soldiers who were captured by the Israelis during the October War that they were badly treated. The same claims of maltreatment were made by Israelis who spent time in Syrian prisoner of war camps. The complaints came this week after the two sides had exchanged prisoners in accordance with the ceasefire agreement they signed just over a week ago.
In Damascus, they Kattana military hospital was opened to newsmen who were allowed to speak to Syrians recently returned to the capital. One of the soldiers said he was kept in a camp with inadequate sanitary facilities and was beaten repeatedly on an injured part of his body.
A spokesman for the hospital said there were about 100 injured soldiers being treated and another 20 were crippled by their war injuries. He said some of the patients would need operations. This film includes a translation in English of statements by the manager of the hospital and two of the patients. A transcript follows.