Syria army executes 130 - FSA

2013-10-12 18:02
Firefighters extinguish a burning vehicle after two mortar rounds struck the Abu Roumaneh area in Damascus, Syria killing at least one child and injuring a dozen people. (AP Photo)

Firefighters extinguish a burning vehicle after two mortar rounds struck the Abu Roumaneh area in Damascus, Syria killing at least one child and injuring a dozen people. (AP Photo)

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Cairo - The death of 130 rebels and civilians was an execution carried out by the Syrian government and its Shi'ite allies, alleged Syria's opposition Free Syrian Army (FSA) on Saturday.

They were killed in the town of al-Ziyabiya amid battles to control southern Damascus suburbs, which began two days ago.

"The army of [Syrian President Bashar] Assad and their agents - the Iranian militia of Hezbollah and some Iraqi Shi'ites loyal to Tehran -have executed 130 men in areas near al-Ziyabiya," FSA spokesperson Louay al-Mokdad said.

"We call on the world community to immediately look into this new massacre committed by the tyrant regime of Assad," al-Mokdad told The state-run Sana news agency reported that government forces managed to fully control al-Ziyabiya and had killed many "terrorists at the outskirts of the Bouayda suburb".

The report added that the armed forces continued to advance towards Bouayda and Hujeira in a move aimed at "cleansing the area from terrorists," a term used by the regime to identify opposition fighters.

Rami Abdel-Rahman, head of the opposition watchdog Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, said "we have information that there were some fighters and people trapped inside al-Ziyabiya, as the Syrian army were storming the area, but we still know nothing about their fate."

State television showed pictures of what it claimed was ammunition "left by the dead terrorists" in the area of Sheikh Omar, between al-Ziyabiya and Bouayda.

An army source told Sana that restoring security and stability in the towns of Husseiniya and al-Ziyabiya "will tighten the grip on the terrorists, who are still hauled up in Bouayda and Hujeira".

More than 100 000 people have been killed in the conflict, which began in March 2011 with anti-government protests, according to the United Nations.

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