A 9-year-old boy has been detained for ten days in a Syrian prison for insulting the image of President Bashar al-Assad. This is what the National Observatory for Human Rights in Syria reported, according to which Muhammad al Ali was caught writing on one of the photographs of Assad present in the Marj school Qata, a town west of Homs, a town north of Damascus. After being beaten by the institute's director, local media report, the 9-year-old boy was arrested by the Syrian government's secret police. “For ten days, the child has been locked in a cell at the Political Security headquarters in the city of Homs and every day his parents demand his immediate release,” reports the Observatory. In February 2011, anti-government protests broke out in Syria, sparked by the arrest of some children by Damascus security services on charges of writing slogans on school walls in support of Arab protests in Tunis and elsewhere. Egypt. On this occasion, the Syrian authorities responded with a bloody repression, which degenerated into a civil war, then transformed into an ongoing war on a regional and international scale. The UN said in recent days that the Syrian conflict has killed more than half a million people.

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