TribLIVE

| USWorld


 
Larger text Larger text Smaller text Smaller text | Order Photo Reprints

Photos confirm Syrian killings

Daily Photo Galleries

By The Associated Press
Friday, May 3, 2013, 6:36 p.m.
 

The bodies of the Syrian boys and young men in jeans and casual shirts were strewn along a blood-stained pavement, dying apparently where they fell. Weeping women moved among the dead, and one of them screamed, “Where are you, people of the village?”

In the Syrian civil war's latest alleged mass killing, activists said on Friday that regime troops and gunmen from nearby Alawite areas beat, stabbed and shot at least 50 people in the Sunni Muslim village of Bayda.

The slayings highlighted the sectarian overtones of a conflict that already has killed more than 70,000 people. Details of the slayings came to light as the Obama administration again said it was weighing whether to arm the rebels.

Syria's 2-year-old crisis has largely broken along sectarian lines: the Sunni majority forms the backbone of the rebellion, while President Bashar Assad's minority Alawite sect, an offshoot of Shiite Islam, anchors the regime's security services and military officer corps.

The killings in Bayda fall against this backdrop. Tucked in the mountains outside the coastal city of Banias, the village is predominantly Sunni but is in the Alawite ancestral heartland centered in the rugged region along the sea.

Activists say fighting broke out in Bayda early Thursday and that at least six government troops were killed. Syrian forces backed by Alawite gunmen known as shabiha from the surrounding area returned in the afternoon and stormed the village, according to the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

The gunmen torched homes and used knives, guns and blunt objects to kill people in the streets, the group said.

 

 
 


Show commenting policy

Most-Read World

  1. IMF chief investigated for negligence in 2008 case in France
  2. Right-wingers say Israel failed ‘so long as Hamas exists’
  3. Russian help implicit in new separatist push into Ukraine
  4. Kenyan rangers killing poachers, rights group say
  5. Coast Guard fires in defense on Iran boat
  6. ‘Holocaust T-shirt’ for kids discontinued in Spain
  7. Colombia drug lord’s most loyal assassin courts Hollywood upon early release from prison
  8. Witnesses recount secret July raid to free journalist at ISIS base in Syria
  9. Neanderthals, humans may have mingled, study finds
  10. Landslide in Japan leaves dozens dead
  11. Ukrainian troops regaining control
Subscribe today! Click here for our subscription offers.