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Army kills 'dozens' in Damascus suburb

2012-08-22 11:04

Beirut - Syrian forces have killed dozens of civilians in a raid on a Damascus suburb, a watchdog said on Wednesday, reporting that many of the victims were summarily executed and others killed at a funeral.

Of at least 198 people reported dead across Syria on Tuesday, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said it has documented the names of at least 42 civilians killed when regime forces stormed Maadamiyat al-Sham.

However, dozens more are feared dead in the mixed suburb, which is home to about 200 000 people including Christians, Alawites and Sunni Muslims and lies to the west of Damascus.

"Initial reports say that the army targeted a funeral procession, killing at least 36 people," the Britain-based watchdog said, adding that it is working to document the victims' names.

The Observatory also said that dozens of unidentified bodies had been found in a basement in Maadamiyat al-Sham on Tuesday, the latest grisly find as the 17-month conflict becomes increasingly brutal.

It is impossible to verify the claims.

Shelling by regime forces and fighting in the northern city of Aleppo on Tuesday also killed at least 31 civilians, including five women and five children, said the group, which has a network of monitors on the ground.

More than 23 000 people have been killed in Syria since the outbreak of an anti-regime revolt in March last year, according to the Observatory. The UN puts the death toll at 17 000.

Comments
  • Shane Loxton - 2012-08-22 12:12

    Can not be verified --- nothing more to be said on this one! 23 000 dead since last year and they are at war? hell we loose over 40 000 to Murder in South Africa and no one makes half the amount of noise.

  • AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-08-22 12:50

    No surprises here, this assad terrorists army is very good at murdering unarmed civilians. These thugs have now been so long at it, it makes them perfect murderers !! And than these silly radicals, still want to claim that this assad monster , has much support. Yes, from his family !!

  • fred.fraser.12 - 2012-08-22 16:02

    For Barak Obama this is not "a red line".

      dustin.mccrindle.5 - 2012-08-22 16:41

      I don't quite understand Obama logic either. You can kill with guns, tanks, artillery and rockets, but don't u dare use boi/chem weapons! I do feel that it is an attempt by the US to prevent Israel getting involved. (I kind of remember them saying they won't tolerate any such weapons being used a while back.) Israel getting involved would cause a party in the midde-east

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