4 shot dead at Syrian funeral

2012-04-14 16:00

Beirut - Syrian security forces killed four civilians on Saturday as they opened fire at a funeral procession in the northern city of Aleppo, on the third day of a UN-backed ceasefire, a monitoring group said.

The civilians were shot dead in Izaa neighbourhood as they took part in the funeral of a demonstrator killed the day before, said Rami Abdel Rahman, head of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

State media blamed "terrorists" for the shooting, accusing the gunmen of trying to undermine the ceasefire.

"Terrorist groups are shooting indiscriminately in Izaa neighbourhood," where a funeral procession is underway, state television said.

"The (gunmen) are striving to sabotage the Annan plan," it said of the truce brokered by UN-Arab League envoy Kofi Annan.

State television also broadcast rare footage of youths burning tyres and hurling stones in Izaa neighbourhood while its reporter said that anti-regime gunmen had fanned out in the area.

The opposition had called on Syrians to protest, taking advantage of the ceasefire brokered by Annan, which entered into force on Thursday.

  • Fidel - 2012-04-14 16:31

    I wouldn't immigane able to feed my pet with the meat on this story. What a fishless fishcake!

      Sibusiso - 2012-04-14 16:57

      News 24 reporting is embarrassing sometimes

      Fred - 2012-04-14 16:58

      Syrian deaths at the hands of the UNELECTED Bashar Assad, and the destruction of Syrian cities are meatless to you. You believe he's being attacked in an armed insurrection by terrorists. Numb and dumb.

      Sibusiso - 2012-04-14 16:58

      News 24 reporting is embarrassing sometimes

      Smell - 2012-04-14 17:37

      This sounds like the old South Africa where civilians were sometimes killed at funerals. Huge outcry then, appropriately. No outcry now from our usual band of News24 blog "brothers", evidently because a type of "brother leader" is now doing the killing. Another day at the office for our usual band of selectively moral and nonsensical twats.

  • James - 2012-04-14 16:34

    What the hell is wrong with these people? People are mourning and then these sick b@stards decide: "Let's plow more misery onto them".

  • AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-04-14 16:37

    It must be driving this MASS MURDERER up the wall, "ONLY" 15 killed within the last 48 hours !!!!

  • pages:
  • 1