Former Lebanese prisoners and families demand justice for jail time in Syria

In Syria, we often hear about opponents of the Assad regime who have been behind bars since the beginning of the country's civil war. But another group of detainees remain surrounded in secrecy. There are more than 600 Lebanese citizens still in detention in Syria, after being imprisoned by Damascus during neighbouring Lebanon's civil war. In some cases, their families are still waiting for news after more than twenty years. Our correspondents Zeina Antonios and Leila Molana-Allen report.


Meanwhile in Turkey, thousands of prisoners have brought their mass hunger strike to a close. It came as militant Kurdish leader Abdullah Öcalan, whose jail conditions they were protesting, called on them to end the 200-day strike. This after the Turkish government lifted a ban on Öcalan’s lawyers visiting the prison island where he is serving a life term.

And in Gaza, men and women often face high pressure to marry at a young age. Yet with an unemployment rate of almost 60%, many young Gazans simply can't afford to tie the knot. A private industry of wedding lenders thrives on lending money for this purpose. But many families who take out loans find themselves unable to reimburse their debts.

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