torment means torture either physically or mentally? Rough us up means beat up physically?

Freed rebel fighter Denis Balbukov said: "I want to eat fried potatoes and talk to my relatives."

But he added: "I will go back to fighting. It was all right once we were moved to the detention centre, but to begin with, they really tormented and roughed us up."

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rough up is physical violence.

torment can be both physical and mental.

Given that in the text both words are used, I think that torment refers to the mental anguish caused by the captors (e.g. waking you up all the time), while roughed us up refers to the violence they endured.

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