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Death toll from massacre in Syria mounts, at least 330 killed

 This citizen journalism image provided by Shaam News Network SNN, taken on Sunday, Aug. 26, 2012, purports to show people killed by shabiha, pro-gove...
 This citizen journalism image provided by Shaam News Network SNN, taken on Sunday, Aug. 26, 2012, purports to show people killed by shabiha pro-gover...
 This citizen journalism image provided by Shaam News Network SNN, taken on Sunday, Aug. 26, 2012, purports to show people killed by shabiha, pro-gove...
 This citizen journalism image provided by Shaam News Network SNN, taken on Sunday, Aug. 26, 2012, purports to show people killed by shabiha, pro-gove...
 This citizen journalism image provided by Shaam News Network SNN, taken on Sunday, Aug. 26, 2012, purports to show people who were killed by shabiha,...
 This citizen journalism image provided by Shaam News Network SNN, taken on Sunday, Aug. 26, 2012, purports to show people killed by shabiha, pro-gove...
 This citizen journalism image provided by Shaam News Network SNN, taken on Sunday, Aug. 26, 2012, purports to show people killed by shabiha, pro-gove...

Mideast Syria

This citizen journalism image provided by Shaam News Network SNN, taken on Sunday, Aug. 26, 2012, purports to show people killed by shabiha, pro-gove...

Mideast Syria

This citizen journalism image provided by Shaam News Network SNN, taken on Sunday, Aug. 26, 2012, purports to show people killed by shabiha pro-gover...

Mideast Syria

This citizen journalism image provided by Shaam News Network SNN, taken on Sunday, Aug. 26, 2012, purports to show people killed by shabiha, pro-gove...

Mideast Syria

This citizen journalism image provided by Shaam News Network SNN, taken on Sunday, Aug. 26, 2012, purports to show people killed by shabiha, pro-gove...

Mideast Syria

This citizen journalism image provided by Shaam News Network SNN, taken on Sunday, Aug. 26, 2012, purports to show people who were killed by shabiha,...

Mideast Syria

This citizen journalism image provided by Shaam News Network SNN, taken on Sunday, Aug. 26, 2012, purports to show people killed by shabiha, pro-gove...

Mideast Syria

This citizen journalism image provided by Shaam News Network SNN, taken on Sunday, Aug. 26, 2012, purports to show people killed by shabiha, pro-gove...


Dozens of bloodied bodies were buried Sunday in mass graves in a Damascus's outskirts, at least 330 people killed by Syrian forces loyal to President Bashar Al-Assad during their assault on Sunday during the single bloodiest day of fighting in the 17-month conflict.


The assault on Dariya “resulted in hundreds massacred, dozens detained, and utter destruction throughout the city,” the Coordination Committees said on its website.

The battle for Daraya showed the regime to be struggling to control Damascus and its suburbs though the firepower available to it is far superior to anything the rebels might have. Government forces are stretched thin, with a major ongoing battle for control of the nation's largest city, Aleppo in the north, as well as smaller scale operations in the east and south.

On Sunday, regime forces also used helicopter gunships and tanks to pound rebel-held areas in the northern city of Aleppo and the restive southern town of Daraa along the Jordanian border. The Observatory said it had reports of fatalities, but did not have exact numbers yet.

“The Syrian regime’s appalling repression of its people, over more than 17 months, has left little space for independent observers to operate in Syria,” Alistair Burt, Britain’s minister for the Middle East and North Africa, said in an e- mailed statement. “Opposition groups report that over 300 people, including women and children, were killed and that some were shot at close range. If confirmed it would be an atrocity on a new scale, requiring unequivocal condemnation from the entire international community.”


The situation in Syria is going from “bad to worse,” Arab League Secretary-General Nabil el-Arabi was cited as saying yesterday by Egypt’s state-run Middle East News Agency.


Updated : 2021-06-24 08:22 GMT+08:00