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55 people killed in Syria massacre

2012-06-07 14:30

Beirut - At least 55 people, mostly from the same family, have been killed in a new massacre in Syria, the head of a watchdog told AFP on Thursday.

"There are 49 confirmed and identified victims in Al-Kubeir, the majority of them from the Al-Yateem family," said Rami Abdel Rahman of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

"Among the dead are 18 women and children," added the head of the Britain-based group.

He said six other people were also killed on Wednesday in a village near Al-Kubeir, which is located in a farming area northwest of the central city of Hama.

Earlier tolls from opposition groups had put the death toll at between 87 and 100.

Both the Observatory and the opposition Syrian National Council have blamed the massacre on militiamen loyal to President Bashar Assad's regime, which denied involvement.

The government said a "terrorist group" was behind an assault in Al-Kubeir that it said left nine people dead.

Comments
  • Fidel - 2012-06-07 14:52

    If these reports are true, then these terrorists are upping the game, doing what they do daily, all over the world, killing innocent people.

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-06-07 15:25

      Fidel, YOU ARE PATHETHIC !!!

      Fidel - 2012-06-07 15:34

      I do not agree with your views and you certainly do not agree with mine. That causes me absolutely no pain. Tosser.......

      Neutedop - 2012-06-07 15:48

      How I wish you can experience the lost of children and your wife.....I would actually laugh in your face, as you justify things like this.

      Fidel - 2012-06-07 16:02

      Comprehension is not your forte, right? Debate what I say and not what you want to refute.

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-06-07 17:10

      Patrick, How ANYONE can still protect this TERRORIST assad, is beyond believe. You make yourself guilty to the worst crime possible; You deny others what you take for granted and.....abuse; FREE SPEECH, FREEDOM OF MOVEMENT, FREEDOM OF FEAR, FREEDOM OF THE PRESS ETC, ETC, ETC , ETC

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-06-07 17:28

      Fidel, you are choosing to overlook part of the report where human rights observers state that Assad is responsible for these deaths. You're also choosing to overlook Kofi Annan, a trained and seasoned diplomat, publicly stated last week that he has come to the conclusion that Assad has not complied with the peace plan and is committing atrocities across Syria. You're also choosing to ignore that Assad himself publicly stated last week that he's "performing surgery" on Syria. With your willful ignoring of the facts in this matter, you are complicit in the countless brutal murders of Syrian families and the destruction of Syria.

  • fred.fraser.12 - 2012-06-07 15:33

    Both the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights and the opposition Syrian National Council have blamed the massacre on militiamen loyal to President Bashar Assad's regime, which denied involvement.

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-06-07 16:18

      Kofi Annan has specifically stated that Assad has not complied with the peace plan and is committing atrocities across Syria.

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-06-07 16:20

      As a trained diplomat, he really stretched his not-taking-sides position as long as he could. The thing that broke the camel's back was the Houla massacre last week, where 108 civilians were literally butchered by Assad's militia. There were countless corroborations on video by villagers that it was his militia.

  • Luyolo - 2012-06-07 16:48

    How does this one man british based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights verify and double check its information when this men is sitting up in Coventry running a shop there and if this man is doing a good job how come his family want nothing to do with him. The Western media cant get inside Syria yet they get info from someone who is outside as well.This man's mother doesn't even want to speak to him.If you are doing a good thing then your mama should be proud. If you dont beleive me then go read for your at this reuters link. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/03/14/us-syria-observatory-idUSBRE82D0XW20120314

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-06-07 17:06

      Luyolo, Your comment is confusing, to the least !!! By the way, there are Western journalists inside Syria, and what they see and to what conclusions they come, no wonder this terrorist assad does not want them in :his" country !!!

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-06-08 00:54

      Your choice to blind yourself with mindless anti-West prejudices is costing Syrians their lives. When are you going to unblind yourself?

  • Luyolo - 2012-06-07 17:07

    Look at the picture shown in this article from this latest massacre and look at the picture shown at the Hama massarce isnt that the same site yet they say the picture in this article is the supposed to show this latest massarce. Look at the body with a pink blanket infront of the door and tell me if it aint the same body as that of the other article about hama.... Here is the May 28 Hama massarce article ....... http://www.news24.com/World/News/Syrian-bombardment-of-Hama-kills-41-20120528

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-06-07 17:10

      While you're deluding yourself in your shop, Syrians are literally being butchered by an unelected dictator who himself has said is "performing surgery" on Syrian society. Wake up!!

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-06-07 17:30

      Luyolo, before you make stupid comments, read first, SLOWLY !! An image provided by a citizen journalist purportedly shows bodies of people killed in """"""a""""""" massacre in Syria. (AP)

  • Luyolo - 2012-06-07 18:48

    There was a country that was in an almost similar situation. That country ended the bloodshed without a NATO/US intervention the two sides managed to sit down and talk with one another that country is South Africa . I don't understand how South Africans can call out for a military solution to this. I wonder where would we be as a country had the US and NATO came and bombed the hell out of our beloved country in the name of rooting out the apartheid regime. That is all that I'm against I refused to allow the West to implement its own agenda under the guise of rescuing Syrians. I am not condoning Assad . I simply want a Syrian to set their own destiny. How can people who can't even stand up to bankers that are reaping their own countries stand up for Syrian people. Americans are suffering. Europeans are suffering and there is no solution coming from the same politicians who have a Syrian solution .

      Luyolo - 2012-06-07 19:24

      Yes even Hillary Clinton admitted that they are there. What scares me the most is going to be the unreported massacres that will be done by the once they get into power. like the Christian minorities massacred in Iraq after fall of Saddam. And the African tribes massacred after fall of Gaddafi. It's going to be like that Syria because each group will try and be dominant over another. The West will get rid of Asaad and rush to Iran but will leave an even more dire situation which is sectarian violence in Syria.

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-06-08 00:53

      I understand. However you're overlooking the most important, determining fact: the Nationalist Party chose to end Apartheid. Assad is not. Assad sees himself as the surgeon of Syria, has already drafted what his new constitution, and intends being the ongoing leader of Syria. 134 countries of the 151 on Earth have stated he is an illegitimate leader and must step down. You're on the wrong side, with your anti-West prejudices.

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-06-08 04:05

      Tunisia stands in clear contrast to Libya and Syria, where an unelected dictator had the foresight and wisdom to step down. It's more than obvious the obstacle to peace in Libya and Syria, and the causes of the untold pain and suffering there, have been Gaddafi and Assad. Only those blinding themselves cannot see this, once it's brought to their attention.

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-06-08 04:08

      Patrick, ""What other reason can there be for starting this protest in the first place"" Well, how about; that the Syrians want, after 50 years, an end to the illegitimate rule , off a corrupt, violent and evil family ?????

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