Syrian troops kill 35 unarmed civilians in Damascus suburb

Syrian troops killed at least 35 people on Wednesday, mostly unarmed civilians, when they shelled and overran a suburb of the capital Damascus, residents and activist organizations said.

“The tanks and troops left around 4 p.m. When the streets were clear we found the bodies of at least 35 men,” a resident, who gave his name as Fares, said by phone from Jdeidet Artouz, southwest of Damascus.

“Almost all of them were executed with bullets to their face, head and neck in homes, gardens and basements,” he added, speaking of the troop action to crush opposition to President Bashar al-Assad.

Syrian state television said “dozens of terrorists and mercenaries surrendered or were killed” when the army raided Jdeidet Artouz and its surrounding farmlands.

“We launched a raid on a farm and we were surprised by the number of armed men who clashed with us – from up on the roof and from down here,” an army officer said from the area, adding his troops had seized bombs, mines, guns and uniforms.

Fares, who did not give his last name for fear of retribution, said soldiers from the Fourth Division, a praetorian guard unit under the command of Assad’s brother Maher, came into his house.

“They examined my ID and let me go. They seem to have been looking for activists or young men with a certain profile to execute,” he said.

He said the bodies were collected at the Omar bin al-Khattab mosque and buried in a mass grave dug by a bulldozer volunteered by the owner of nearby farmland.

“There are more bodies in al-Sahl area but we could not reach them because there is an army roadblock there,” he said.

Another resident of the suburb said the total number of dead was at least 50.

Rami Abdelrahman, head of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, said 26 of 35 bodies his organization tallied in Jdeidet Artouz have been identified and the victims were overwhelmingly civilians.

Reuters

  • Lebanese_Australian

    How many lives need to be lost before someone helps the syrian people ? America and its western / gulf allies are  fighting proxy war in syria against syria and its Iranian / russian backed allies which at the end of the day is paid for with innocent syrian lives. Both the west and syria’s allies need to wake up and realise that these atrocities cannot continue and should stop doing things for their own agenda and look at the price that is being paid by the innocent.

  • Lebanese_Australian

    How many lives need to be lost before someone helps the syrian people ? America and its western / gulf allies are  fighting proxy war in syria against syria and its Iranian / russian backed allies which at the end of the day is paid for with innocent syrian lives. Both the west and syria’s allies need to wake up and realise that these atrocities cannot continue and should stop doing things for their own agenda and look at the price that is being paid by the innocent.

  • Patience2

    What, how could this happen!!  ‘corty’ WILL NOT stand for such actions as these.  Bashar COULD be charged in the Hague!!

    • 5thDrawer

      When FSA finished with him, ask Hezzy to hand him over … 😉 … If they can find him.

      • Mahdi Kenaani

        I really like the nick name “Hezzy” it sounds sooooo cool

    • Mahdi Kenaani

      no, i actually dont think that.. streets-turds fits more to the american and the zionist soldiers in ME.

  • Patience2

    What, how could this happen!!  ‘corty’ WILL NOT stand for such actions as these.  Bashar COULD be charged in the Hague!!

    • 5thDrawer

      When FSA finished with him, ask Hezzy to hand him over … 😉 … If they can find him.

      • Mahdi Kenaani

        I really like the nick name “Hezzy” it sound sooooo cool

        • Patience2

           What about calling the HA’ers ‘street-turds’, much closer to reality, don’t you think?

    • Mahdi Kenaani

      no, i actually dont think that.. streets-turds fits more to the american and the zionist soldiers in ME.

      • Patience2

        Trouble is, the HA’ers LIVE LIKE ‘street-turds’.