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.
Quoting statements from Syrian human rights lawyers, Avaaz said security forces had set out to terrorize communities by grabbing people off the street and torturing them. 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, which has been partly leveled by government bombardment.
"I lived my whole life with her," said the middle-aged man with his back to the camera, taking a long sigh and trembling.
"She disappeared. I have no hope. We searched everywhere for her. My children always ask me ’Where’s Mum?’," he said.
Activists say 30,000 people have been killed in Syria’s conflict which started with peaceful protests but turned violent after months of oppression. （Reuters）
go（或 turn up）missing︰動詞片語，不知去向、失蹤。例句︰He turned up missing in the morning and hasn’t been seen ever since.（他早上失蹤後，就再也沒有人見到過他。）
set out︰動詞片語，打算、試圖。例句︰He failed in what he had set out to do.（他沒有做到自己原來想做的事。）
level︰動詞，夷平、摧毀、使倒下。例句︰The storm levelled the trees.（風暴把樹木吹倒。）