28 dead as Syria troops attack town

2012-07-14 14:40

Beirut - Hundreds of soldiers backed by helicopter gunships attacked a town in southern Syria on Saturday, as at least 28 people were killed across the country, reports said.

"Tanks and hundreds of soldiers stormed Khirbet Ghazaleh amid heavy gunfire" following helicopter bombing raids, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said, without providing any casualty figures.

An activist on the ground who identified himself as Bayan Ahmad gave a similar account, saying pro-regime militias were torching houses in Khirbet Ghazaleh.

"The shabiha (pro-regime militia) have carried out raids and set alight houses that inhabitants have abandoned," he said.

"The army entered without resistance as the rebel Free Syrian Army left town. The shelling has wounded dozens of people but we don't have medical resources to treat them," he added.

Khirbet Ghazaleh is situated in the southern province of Daraa, cradle of an uprising against the regime of President Bashar al-Assad that erupted in March 2011.

Among Saturday's dead were 13 civilians, nine rebels and six soldiers, the Britain-based Observatory said.

Of the civilians, one was a pregnant woman killed in shelling of Qusayr city, but most of the deaths occurred in the central region of Hama, including from a blast, and in the northern province of Aleppo, near Turkey.

The bloodshed came a day after 118 people died in the country.

The violence has persisted despite an international outcry over the killing of more than 150 people in Treimsa village, in the central province of Hama, on Thursday.

It is not possible to independently verify death tolls in Syria. The United Nations stopped compiling such figures at the end of 2011.

The Observatory has said more than 17,000 people have been killed since the uprising erupted against the regime of Assad in mid-March last year.

  • Stewart Croucamp - 2012-07-14 15:16

    Africa and its dictators. They are slowly killing all Africans.

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-07-14 15:56

      Syria is not in Africa

      Thato Okonkwo Fakudze - 2012-07-14 16:03

      Africa? In what world is Syria in AFRICA?

      monde.sibisi - 2012-07-14 16:09

      So everything goes wrong in the world and Africans are to blame

  • luyolo.mhlauli.9 - 2012-07-15 07:45

    \\It is not possible to independently verify death tolls in Syria. The United Nations stopped compiling such figures at the end of 2011\\ I guess I can call news agencies and give any number I want. The Observatory is based in England not in Syria so someone just calls and say this is the number and the Obsetvatory gives this number to all news agencies including this one I'm commenting that is what I call propaganda

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-07-15 08:39

      The exact death figures is not at issue. What is impotant, is to accept that here we got a nation, rejecting its illegitimate regime. As this assad family , has not allowed any elections for fifty years, other ways had to be found, to get rid of this regime. For almost one year, there were 'only' UNARMED street protests. assad's answer; DEADLY FORCE !! Than more than 60 000 members of the Syian army , were no longer prepared to kill their own people, and defected. They formed the FSA, Free Syrian Army. Most of their armament was 'stolen' from the Syrian army. But they got no tanks, aircraft nor helicopters. Kofi Annan, UN oberservers on the ground, HRW and Amnesty International, are among the many ,who have accused the Syrian regime, of murdering their own citizens using; ----------------TANKS, AIRCRAFT and HELICOPTERS---------------------- Any government/regime , using such deadly force on its own people has lost any legitimacy to govern. NO IFS OR BUTS, NO,WHO ELSE IS INVOLVED, NO WHOM SUPPORTS WHOM; THIS REGIME MUST GO!!!!!

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