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UN, British TV Claim To Have Videos Showing Syrian Torture

The United Nations and a British television station say they have videos that appear to show patients in Syria being tortured in hospitals.

UN human rights spokesman Rupert Colville said on March 6 that videos obtained by the UN appear to show security personnel and medical staff in the cities of Homs and Latakia beating and electrocuting seriously injured patients who lay chained to their beds.

The UN statement comes after Britain's Channel 4 on March 5 aired video purporting to show bandaged and blindfolded patients at the Homs military hospital lying next to whips and electrical cables.

The video cites an eyewitness as saying detainees were beaten with batons and had their legs broken.

Homs is at the center of a growing government crackdown on protests against President Bashar al-Assad.

With reporting by AFP and Reuters