'Massacre' feared in Syrian town

2012-02-16 18:36

Beirut - The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Thursday it fears security forces carried out a massacre in the province of Daraa, where dozens of civilians disappeared after being cornered in a valley.

"There are fears regime forces carried out a massacre in Sahm al-Julan," the Britain-based group said in an e-mailed statement, referring to a village in the southern province, cradle of an 11-month revolt in Syria.

It said that, on Wednesday night, troops backed by heavy military equipment launched an assault on the village, terrorising residents who fled to a nearby valley where rebel soldiers had been hiding.

"The defectors retreated from the area, fearing for the safety of the civilians chased by Syrian troops, who surrounded them with the apparent aim of carrying out a massacre," the Observatory said.

It added that residents from a nearby village subsequently heard gunfire and witnesses reported security forces had used "toxic bombs".

"Witnesses said security forces shot at the civilians and then piled them onto pick-up trucks," the Observatory said. "Their fate is unknown."

The monitoring group urged authorities to reveal what had happened to dozens of village residents "who were fired upon in cold blood." It provided the names of 14 of those who were feared to have been killed.

  • Fred - 2012-02-16 18:39

    Assad wants a referendum. He wants to dominate and manipulate his way to a "victory".

  • tertia888 - 2012-02-16 19:03

    Is the EU helping them in anyway? Or are the all doomed to die???

      Fred - 2012-02-16 19:33

      The Russian and Chinese regimes vetoed a UN Security Council Resolution demanding that Assad hand over power to his deputy and monitored free and fair elections take place within a specified time. This has effectively given Assad a license to kill, detain and torture.

  • Anthony - 2012-02-16 20:04

    It would be an irony, but becoming more possible by the day , that it would be the Russians who would prevent further massacres in Syria. Their patience with this assad BUTCHER , must be wearing very thin. They also now accept that this assad dynasty has no thoughts whatsoever to hand over or even share power. Why should they; Daddy gave them Syria as a present !! The UN veto has costs the Russians dearly, both in trade and even more important for them, in prestige.

  • nowicki1 - 2012-02-16 20:10

    Why would security forces do this to unarmed civilians who pose no threat, it really makes no sense whatsoever and sounds like super fishy propaganda as usual. The massacre was more likely carried out by militia who are looking to cause trouble, this wouldn't be the first time. They said Qaddafi was going to massacre civilians too, that turned out to be all lies.

      Fred - 2012-02-16 20:23

      They said Gaddafi was going to massacrel civilians, but that turned out to be lies too. Time to step out of your parallel naive reality? Did you miss Gaddafi ranting from his broken balcony that he'd kill anyone who opposed him by wanting free and fair elections after 42 years of dictatorial, self-enriching rule? As for your first sentence, the reason why the peaceful demonstrators have been killed six thousand strong, detained and tortured by the tens of thousands is that they too want the right to elect their leaders freely, but BasharcAssad wants to keep his family's singular hold on power, even if this means killing and torturing people.

      nowicki1 - 2012-02-16 20:55

      haha you two would make a good team. The fact is, he didn't. There was no proof of him massacring anyone, the accusations of this came from one the current NTC leaders, yawn.

      Anthony - 2012-02-16 20:55

      @Nowicki1 I can anyone, say something bad about this African Hero ??? He was such a goood man! Just to think off all these FREE things he gave the Libyan people; Free housing, Free electricity, Free shallow unmarked graves, Free education, Free snipers, Free health care, Free live bullets, Free petrol, Free hanging rope, Free cars, Free shovels !! Etc, etc , etc. etc, etc The people "loved" him........, all 19 of them, and that off course includes the 11 from this site!! Some called him, the Pol Pot of Africa, but in fact he was the Mother Theresa of Africa.!!!!!!!

      Anthony - 2012-02-16 21:02

      @Nowicki1, The next time you watch TV, just make sure its plugged in !!!!

  • nowicki1 - 2012-02-16 20:20 - poses some interesting questions. Also this: shows who the Syrian forces are fighting against and what their motives are.

      Fred - 2012-02-17 00:22

      Poses interesting questions to the few people who are delusional and out of touch with reality.

      nowicki1 - 2012-02-18 16:40

      "Ignorance is the prison the people are kept in"

      Fred - 2012-02-18 19:15

      Holding unreal beliefs and expectations is delusional

  • nowicki1 - 2012-02-16 20:51

    If Syrian sources are not your style, check this vid out:

      Fred - 2012-02-17 00:21

      If Syrian sources are. It your style. Hahahaha! It's like saying, if Goebel's is not someone you believe. Geez, talk about soneone being a nutcase, living in a parallel reality where the real world is caught in fleeting glimpses.

      Fred - 2012-02-17 00:26

      If Syrian sources are not your style. Hahahaha! It's like saying, if Goebel's is not someone you believe. Geez, talk about soneone being a nutcase, living in a parallel reality where the real world is caught in fleeting glimpses.

      nowicki1 - 2012-02-18 16:45

      Its called cognitive dissonance

      Fred - 2012-02-18 19:16

      That's what I'd hope you'd be feeling when accessing those delusional news sources and holding delusional ideas

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