Syrian forces executed 248 in two villages in May: Human Rights Watch
BEIRUT (AFP) - Syrian regime forces executed at least 248 people in the villages of Bayda and Banias earlier this year, Human Rights Watch said on Friday, calling for Damascus to be held accountable.
In a report, the New York-based rights group said it had compiled a list of the names of 248 people killed in the two villages in coastal Tartus province on May 2 and 3.
But it said the number was probably much higher, and called the deaths "one of the deadliest instances of mass summary executions since the start of the conflict in Syria".
The report comes as the international community discusses a plan for Syria to turn over its chemical weapons, after an alleged chemical attack that killed hundreds of people on August 21.