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Jihadis kill s20 members of minority Druze sect in Syria

Activists: Al-Qaida's Nusra Front fighters kill 20 members of Druze sect in Syria

Jihadis kill s20 members of minority Druze sect in Syria

BEIRUT (AP) -- An activist group and Syrian opposition faction say fighters of al-Qaida's affiliate in Syria have killed 20 members of the minority Druze sect in northwestern Syria.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says Wednesday's shooting occurred after the Nusra Front tried to confiscate the home of a government official in the village of Qalb Lawzeh.

It said fighters shot a villager dead before another captured the rifle of a jihadi and opened, fire killing a Nusra Front fighter.

The Observatory said Thursday jihadis brought reinforcements and opened fire killing 20 residents.

The main Western-backed Syrian National Coalition said "dozens of Druze young men" were killed.

The Druze, a 10th century offshoot of Shiite Islam, made up about 5 percent of Syria's prewar population of 23 million people.


Updated : 2021-09-20 23:00 GMT+08:00