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Syria Activists: Pro-Assad Forces Kill 80 Near Damascus

Free Syrian Army fighters carrying weapons, take up position during clashes with forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad in the Khan al-Assal area, near Aleppo Apr. 20, 2013.
Free Syrian Army fighters carrying weapons, take up position during clashes with forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad in the Khan al-Assal area, near Aleppo Apr. 20, 2013.
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Syrian opposition activists say pro-government forces have killed at least 80 people in five days of fighting to recapture a rebel suburb of Damascus.

In statements to the media Sunday, the activists said the forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad carried out the killings after entering the suburb of Jdaidet al-Fadl. They said pro-government patrols of the town were making it difficult to document the number of dead.

An activist video posted on the Internet claimed to show several bodies of those killed covered in bags and laid out on the ground. Some appeared to have been executed with gunshot wounds to the head.

There was no immediate response from the Syrian government to the accusation.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Syrian troops also have captured territory around the western rebel stronghold of Qusair, with the help of pro-government militia and Lebanese Hezbollah militants.

It said the pro-Assad forces seized two villages on Saturday in their push to reclaim Qusair, a strategic town that connects Damascus to the Mediterranean coast and lies near the Syrian-Lebanese border.

Lebanese state media said several shells fired from the Syrian side of the border landed near the northern Lebanese town of Hermel on Sunday. Syrian rebels said the shelling was in retaliation for Hezbollah intervening in the Syrian civil war on the side of the Assad government.

The main Syrian opposition coalition released a statement demanding that Hezbollah withdraw fighters from Syria immediately, and urging the Lebanese government to stop the militant group from intervening further. Hezbollah is a key ally of Syrian President Assad but has denied sending its fighters to Syria to help him battle a two-year rebellion.

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by: Godwin from: Nigeria
April 22, 2013 11:06 AM
One doesn't know what to believe again in this matter. USA is spending tax payers' money sponsoring faceless opposition that includes all manners of terrorists, including al qaida. Assad is using Hezbollah? Where is the sanity in the prosecution of this war - both on the govt. and rebel sides? Let senseless and aimless struggle stop for a refreshment of ideas by both parties. At the moment, only the islamic extremists in love with chaos are enjoying the proceedings in Syria. Only them may want the situation to continue, otherwise they return their bottled up energies to attack Israel and other moderate states in the region.


by: H from: Mashhad, Iran
April 21, 2013 10:18 PM
America, Iran is not afraid of Saudi Arabia. You can give them as much weapons enough to bury them under a pile of weapons and Iran is not worried, really. Iranians are full of contempt of Arabs. Iran is afraid only of Israel. believe me, I know.


by: Marwan from: Jordan
April 21, 2013 10:06 PM
the "pro-Assad" forces are - Hezbollah..!! the Iranian Hezbollah have more American blood on their hands than Al Qaeda.

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