Ex-Syrian Prisoner Responds to Gabbard in Harrowing CNN Interview: My ‘Wounds’ Are Evidence Assad’s a War Criminal


Omar Alshogre was held in Syrian prisons and tortured and he opened up on CNN today about those horrifying years of his life.

Alshogre described the torture and the horrific conditions to Brianna Keilar this afternoon, saying, “They have a systematic way to torture people, they know, and they torture you with starvation and other ways of torture when they give you a lot of food but you’re not allowed to eat. You just can look at the food, and they put the food outside the room when you’re extremely hungry.”

“They’re trying to break you psychologically?” Keilar asked.

“Yeah. It’s important to them to break you psychologically,” Alshogre said. “They don’t want people to think about getting out, because in case people have food to eat, they’re going to think about freedom. But when people are hungry, they’re going to think about food, only food.”

At one point in the interview, Keilar brought up how Congresswoman and 2020 candidate Tulsi Gabbard declined to directly call Bashar al-Assad a war criminal:

“I think that the evidence needs to be gathered and, as I have said before, if there is evidence that he has committed war crimes, he should be prosecuted as such,” Gabbard said.

“There is a lot of evidence,” Alshogre responded. “There is the wounds on my body. There’s a lot of––not a lot, but there is survivors who can tell you about prison. How many people are being killed? I had a vigil for my father being killed. There is a lot of evidence. A lot of videos, a lot of commentary.”

You can watch above, via CNN.

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