The Straits Times
Published on Dec 12, 2012

Bombings in Syria Alawite village leave 125 victims: NGO


BEIRUT (AFP) - A series of bomb attacks on a village in central Syria mainly inhabited by members of President Bashar al-Assad's Alawite minority on Tuesday left more than 125 civilian casualties, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

The bombings struck the village of Aqrab in Hama province, the Britain-based watchdog said, adding that it could not immediately give an exact death toll.

"We cannot know whether the rebels were behind this attack, but if they were, this would be the largest-scale revenge attack against Alawites," said Observatory director Rami Abdel Rahman.

"We call for the establishment of an independent commission of jurists who can investigate the attack. We want a Syria which is free and democratic, not one which is based on sectarian hatred," Abdel Rahman told AFP.