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Sixty-five found executed in Syria's Aleppo: Activists

Published on Jan 30, 2013 5:53 AM
 
Free Syrian Army fighters and residents attempt to identify bodies found along a river, at a school used as a field hospital in Aleppo's Bustan Al-Qasr on Jan 29, 2013. At least 65 people, apparently shot in the head, were found dead with their hands bound in a district of the northern Syrian city of Aleppo on Tuesday, activists said. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

BEIRUT (REUTERS) - At least 65 people were found shot dead with their hands bound in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo on Tuesday in a "new massacre" in the near two-year revolt against President Bashar Al-Assad, activists said.

Opposition campaigners blamed the government but it was impossible to confirm who was responsible. Assad's forces and rebels have been battling in Syria's commercial hub since July and both have been accused of carrying out summary executions.

More than 60,000 people are estimated to have been killed in the Syrian war, the longest and deadliest of the revolts that began throughout the Arab world two years ago.

The United Nations (UN) refugee agency said on Tuesday the fighting had forced more than 700,000 people to flee. World powers fear the conflict could increasingly envelop Syria's neighbours including Lebanon, Jordan and Turkey, further destabilising an already explosive region.

 
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