Thursday, February 09, 2012

Syria: three families 'murdered in their homes by Assad's forces'

Three Syrian families were murdered in their homes by President Bashar al-Assad's forces in Homs on Wednesday as columns of tanks moved towards the embattled city.

Fires burned and smoke billowed over rooftops as heavy artillery pounded areas under the de facto control of rebels from the Free Syrian Army, killing about 50 people.

The families were shot dead by members of a pro-regime militia, popularly known as "al-Shabiha" - or "the ghosts" - which has been responsible for numerous atrocities since the conflict began 11 months ago.

The Ghantawi family, including a girl of 15 and two boys aged seven and five, lived near al-Firdaos square. The al-Tirkawi family, with seven members, and the al-Zamal family, with eight members, both lived in the al-Nazirheen area of Homs. All were murdered when militiamen raided their homes late on Tuesday or in the early hours of yesterday morning, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a London-based group. Full story...

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