Syria blames Nusra Front for Aleppo killings

BEIRUT Wed Jan 30, 2013 4:00am EST

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BEIRUT (Reuters) - Syrian state media blamed the Islamist rebel Nusra Front for the killing of dozens of people in the northern city of Aleppo, contradicting activist accounts which blamed President Bashar al-Assad's forces for the bloodshed.

The victims' families "have identified a number of the killed, stressing that the Nusra Front abducted them because of their refusal to cooperate with this terrorist group," state news agency SANA said.

Opposition campaigners said Assad's forces had committed a massacre on Tuesday after at least 65 people were found shot dead with their hands bound alongside the Queiq River in Aleppo's rebel-held Bustan al-Qasr neighborhood.

They posted a video of at least 51 muddied male bodies, with what looked like bullet wounds in their heads. The activists said the men had been executed and dumped in the river before floating downstream into the rebel area.

SANA's reporter said the water level in the river was too low to carry the bodies any distance suggesting they had been killed in the rebel-controlled area.

Syria restricts access to independent media, making it difficult to verify accounts from activists and officials.

(Reporting by Dominic Evans; Editing by Janet Lawrence)

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Fromkin wrote:
The people killed young and have shaved faces. It means that they are not islamist militants but secular syrians killed by terrorists because of their support of the government.

Al Nusra is punishing Aleppo citizens for refusing to support them.

And every UNSC meeting coincides with media report of a massacre. It seems some dark forces are ordering mass killing by rebels before UN meeting

Jan 30, 2013 4:17am EST  --  Report as abuse
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