Syrian rebels accused of killing hundreds of civilians ~ Jonathan Steele and agency, theguardian.com.
Syrian rebels killed at least 190 civilians and took more than 200 hostage during an offensive in Latakia province in August, Human Rights Watch said on Friday, in what it calls the first evidence of crimes against humanity by opposition forces.
HRW said many of the dead had been executed by militant groups, some linked to al-Qaida, who overran army positions at dawn on 4 August and then moved into 10 villages nearby where members of President Bashar al-Assad‘s Alawite sect lived.
In its first government-sanctioned trip into Syria during the two-and-a-half year conflict, New York-based HRW has documented a…
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