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200 Bodies Found Near Damascus (Graphic Video)

200 Bodies Found Near Damascus (Graphic Video)

Syrian opposition activists report that more than 200 bodies have been found in the town of Darayya near Damascus. If confirmed, the the killings would require “unequivocal condemnation from the entire international community,” the UK Foreign Office said.

With reports of over 400 killed, the deaths in Darayya would make Saturday the bloodiest yet in the 18-month uprising,

The activist Local Co-ordination Committees (LCC) said that most of the bodies were those of young men, though some found are reportedly those of children and women. Activists are circulating a graphic video that shows scores of corpses lined up in a dimly lit room in what is described as the Abu Suleiman al-Durani mosque.

Darayya is a working-class Sunni community south-west of Damascus and a population of several hundred thousand; it has reportedly been a “mainstay of opposition support within the capital area” since the uprising against the regime of President Bashar al-Assad began in March of 2011, says the New York Times. Darayya is near the Meze military airport, a major base for Syrian forces. Activists say that they had established a “large armory” inside the city that, it was rumored, included helicopters.

Syrian forces have been shelling Darayya since midweek and sending hundreds of soliders followed by tanks and military trucks. While the Free Syrian Army initially put up resistance, regime forces were in control of Darayya by late Friday or early Saturday. Electricity and internet lines were cut and soldiers reportedly went house to house to conduct searches.

Local activists say that mass killings like those reportedly carried out in Darayya have increased in recent months, says the BBC.  Human Rights Watch says that while such are “not a new pattern… [they are] now happening in more areas and in greater numbers.”

In May, 108 people, including over 30 children, were found massacred in the Syrian village of Houla. Earlier in August, the United Nations issued a report that said it has been “state policy” to conduct indiscriminate attacks against civilians and other atrocities and that members of the “Shabiha” militia have been thoroughy involved in a “gross violation of international human rights.”

Amnesty International has also issued a new report on the fighting in Aleppo, Syria’s second city, according to which “the overwhelming majority of victims were killed in air strikes and artillery attacks by government forces.” Rebel forces were also criticized for “imprecise or indiscriminate weapons such as mortars and home-made rockets.”

A full-fledged investigation of atrocities can only be carried out in the International Criminal Court in the Hague with the approval of the UN Security Council, the Guardian says. But such an inquiry is unlikely because Russia, Syria’s main ally and supplied of arms, has steadfastly blocked this.

The Guardian also says that, as the conflict drags on and the death toll mounts, Western diplomats have indeed “largely given up on security council diplomacy and are stepping up their assistance to the fragmented opposition,” though without arming the rebel forces as countries including Saudi Arabia and Qatar reportedly are.

 

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2:15AM PDT on Aug 30, 2012

Barry A - contrary to your beliefs and expectations about life in Middle Eastern countries, women there have possibly even more freedom than in your country.
I've been to Syria five times now. Women participate in all areas of public life. They drive, they go to university, they work in offices, in shops, as artists - the works.
Some of them wear hijab, some wear the fully covering abaya, some wear t-shirts and jeans. You can even see all modes of dress within a single group of young women, as people respect each other's choices.

What is happening in Syria right now is dreadful and my heart bleeds for the very lovely people there. However, knowing Assad as I do, and the reforms he brought in over the few years he's been in (limited) power, along with the majority of the Syrian people I don't believe the problem is as one-sided as we in the west are led to believe.

As for Kristina's video. Regretfully I must ignore it. She's been proven wrong on so many issues and I wouldn't want to be influenced by a video which might have come from any country, any year - as has happened with other photographs she's put up here.

5:46PM PDT on Aug 28, 2012

In the last days there will be wars and rummers of war. It is happening every place it seems.

10:39AM PDT on Aug 28, 2012

Humans can be vile, disgusting creatures. The planet would be very happy if we were gone.

7:17PM PDT on Aug 27, 2012

that's just nasty. I feel sorry for these people.

6:29PM PDT on Aug 27, 2012

War is a dirty business.

5:34PM PDT on Aug 27, 2012

"reported"", "reportedly". So, reports from the LCCs then or the FSA. Who would never have an axe to grind.

And the propagandist Kristina Chew is still peddling the discredited line that the government forces committted the alleged massacre in Houla, when they didn't.

More disgraceful "journalism", but then, what would we expect from this writer?

4:30PM PDT on Aug 27, 2012

oh my god...how evil are some people. What have we humans become?
Im disgusted and in shock.

4:21PM PDT on Aug 27, 2012

i dont want to live on this planet anymore

3:19PM PDT on Aug 27, 2012

I call upon the Arab League to not only condemn the actions of the Syrian government upon its People but to put pressure on Assad and his government to step down now! I don't care that Russia will lose a buyer of its weapons...I don't care what China says. Step up and help innocent citizens!

2:59PM PDT on Aug 27, 2012

War is so wrong to do.
war kills all living things.
I hate war.

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