Saturday, October 12, 2013

Syrian rebels accused of massacring 190 Alawite villagers in Latakia...

Syrian rebels allied with Sunni Muslim fighters killed at least 190 civilians and abducted more than 200 during an offensive against pro-government villages, an international human rights group has said.

The New York-based Human Rights Watch (HRW) described the August 4 killings as a "war crime", and said the attacks against unarmed civilians in more than a dozen villages in the coastal province of Latakia were systematic.

In a 105-page report based on a visit to the area a month later, HRW said the attacks could even amount to a crime against humanity.

Witnesses said rebels went house to house, in some cases executing entire families and in other cases killing men and taking women and children hostages.

The villagers belong to the minority Alawite sect, an offshoot of Shia Islam which forms the backbone of President Bashar Assad's regime - and which conservative Sunni Muslims consider heretics. Full story...

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