Syrian rebels killed dozens of local Shiites, report

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deir el zour syria mapSyrian rebels have attacked a village in the country’s east, killing dozens of Shiites, mostly pro-government fighters, activists said Wednesday. A Syrian government official denounced the attack, saying it was a “massacre” of civilians.

The killings, which took place Tuesday in the eastern Deir el-Zour province, highlight the sectarian nature of Syria’s conflict that has killed more than 80,000 people, according to the U.N.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said at least 60 people were killed in the village of Hatla in the oil-rich province that borders Iraq.

Thousands of rebels took part in the attack and at least 10 of them were killed in the fighting, said the Observatory.

In Damascus, a government official said the rebels “carried out a massacre against villagers in which older people and children were killed.” The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the media.

The fighting in Deir el-Zour came a week after Syrian troops, backed by Lebanon’s militant Shiite Hezbollah group, captured the strategic town of Qusair near the Lebanese border after nearly three weeks of fierce battles that killed dozens of troops, rebels and Hezbollah members.

Hezbollah’s involvement in the Qusair battle underlined the group’s commitment in support of President Bashar Assad’s regime and edged the civil war in Syria closer to a regional sectarian conflict pitting the Middle East’s Iranian-backed Shiite axis against Sunnis.

Most of the armed rebels in Syria are from the country’s Sunni majority, while Assad has retained core support among the minorities, including his own Alawite sect, an offshoot of Shiite Islam, along with Christians and Shiites.

An activist based in Deir el-Zour said the rebel attack was in retaliation for an attack Monday by Shiites from Hatla that killed four rebels. Thaer al-Deiry, who identified himself only by his nickname for fear of government retaliation, said via Skype that rebels gathered and launched a counter attack Tuesday.

He said some 150 Shiites from the village fled across the Euphrates River to the government-held village of Jafra.

“The situation in the village is quiet and the Free Syrian Army is in full control,” al-Deiry said, referring to the rebels. He added that the village has been under opposition control for more than a year but some of its Shiite residents recently started collecting arms apparently to fight along government troops.

Also Wednesday, the Observatory reported heavy clashes in the central city of Homs, mostly in the neighborhood of Wadi Sayeh. The fighting appeared to be an attempt by government forces to separate two main rebel-held areas in the city, Khaldiyeh and the center of Homs.

Building on its victory in Qusair, the Syrian military has shifted its attention to try to clear rebel-held areas in Homs, a linchpin area linking Damascus with regime strongholds on the Mediterranean coast, and the northern city of Aleppo.

Washington Post

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28 responses to “Syrian rebels killed dozens of local Shiites, report”

  1. Hannibal Avatar
    Hannibal

    Two wrongs do not make it right… What happens to people when they claim religiosity but have lost their humanity? Shame on this nation…

    1. 5thDrawer Avatar
      5thDrawer

      After all this time, they are ALL into the ‘killing games’ … not ‘right’ at all. But probably natural.
      Goes beyond the religion bit – which is the ‘cover’ … it becomes more a case of ‘You killed mine, I kill yours’ in a WAR mentality, with people who have nothing left to lose.
      And in this area, the profits are in the (s)oil.

  2. Hannibal Avatar
    Hannibal

    Two wrongs do not make it right… What happens to people when they claim religiosity but have lost their humanity? Shame on this nation…

    1. 5thDrawer Avatar
      5thDrawer

      After all this time, they are ALL into the ‘killing games’ … not ‘right’ at all. But probably natural.

  3. Amine123 Avatar
    Amine123

    Iran & HA started this shameful sectarian war, they forgot that they are the minorities in most of the ME countries not only the Shiites will suffer economically they will unfortunately suffer physically too.
    Is Nasrallah now happy with his usual miscalculations???
    I hope he rut in hell, not only he destroyed Lebanon economy he also destroyed any future for his own people to work or do anything else but killing their own brothers in the name of his masters in Iran

    1. dateam Avatar

      Your comment lacks any sense of intelligence, legitimacy or decency…your comment goes to the very core of what is wrong in the middle east and arabs….This shameful sectarian war did not start 1 month ago this has been going on for 2 years…the legitimate opposition in syria has been overrun by sectarianism, wahhabi and salfists….you speak of sectarianism from one side ignoring the other side….ALL the minorities have run for their lives in syria…deir azzor is a classic case where all the christians have fled…even qusar which had a 10% christian population also fled when the so called rebels came in….they butcher anyone outside their ideology and post it on youtube…such is the demented,sick,pathetic excuse for human beings….if thats what you call a fight for freedom then you are one sick individual….if thats your mentality and your message to the world then keep dreaming…because you will realise that the minorities will fight back. (youtube belgian fighters behead syrian man) is that what a fight for freedom is?

      1. MekensehParty Avatar
        MekensehParty

        What did you expect really? That they’re going to shower Shiites with roses, that when they’ll take the alawite mountains in the west the rebels are going to forget all the deaths that community is responsible for?
        What did you expect when you killed peaceful protesters and imprisoned and tortured every person who thought that talks are the best solution? that they will keep their peaceful movement and not take arms and fight back with the same savagery that your forces used?
        Finally, what did you expect when you went on blowing moderate sunnis, threatening the rest of the same fate and sending them out of their country leaving it to the fanatics?
        WHAT THE HELL DID YOU EXPECT????

        1. dateam Avatar

          In a fight for democracy the one supposedly fighting for the right cause is supposed to show that they are different…..If they catch army troops,or shabiha or fighters arrest them and use them for the purposes of negotiations….the shop keeper,goat herder ,mother or father trying to survive this on both sides im talking here has nothing to do with this they just want to live….there is no thought to the after with this.Are you telling me you condone the butchering of people for the sake of getting rid of him? As hannibal said 2 wrongs dont make a right. The lebanese that were kidnapped and the priests have nothing to do with this.

          1. Reasonableman Avatar
            Reasonableman

            And HA has nothing to do with syria 😉

          2. AntiFSA Avatar

            Yes Reasonable, neither do Libya, Yemen, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Lebanon, Jordan, Turkey. I can continue if you like.

          3. Reasonableman Avatar
            Reasonableman

            So HA should take dateams advice and set the “example” two wrongs dont make a right…if HA were fihhting for democracy they wouldnt be holding flags of al hussayn and taking over or destroying mosques and hanging flags of al hussayn or crucify people because there name is umar.. im not saying the opposition isnt bringing in foreign fighters but how bad of an army does syria have if SOO many “alleged” fighters are foreign?? You did once say that if the lebanese army think HA should hand over weapons to lebanese army they should prove them self stronger first?this should be sufficient enough for you that syrian army have been destroyed..

            Lets stick to my point both sides have certain extremists but the post was setting the example for the other.(two wrongs dont make a right) HA has nothing to do with syrian politics the politicians(most) are against there actions. So how does this set the example?? Go and look at our (once)beloved beirut ,rockets, guns and tyre heads blowing themself up.. how has this helped lebanon besides help in its destruction and leave the christians and muslims and other minorities clean up the mess..

          4. 5thDrawer Avatar
            5thDrawer

            He didn’t say he was condoning any of it. He only asks, ‘What can be expected when one example leads to another?’ (and for sure only one, when a guy cuts out a dead heart to show eating, it gets flogged on social media, and suddenly everyone ‘believes’ they are all cannibals. Weird …)
            But … for instance … has either ‘side’ set up ‘POW’ camps under Geneva Convention rules and allowed in the Red Cross to inspect them? Hell, they are still trying to clear Qusayr … allowed in only after 4 days of ‘cleansing’. But Who has time, money, and manpower to take care of prisoners?? …Whether or not they want to. Basically, going by ‘Assad’s Rules On Prisoners’ … still.
            Non-combatants should not be touched intensionally. Either. But seems that’s where it all started … hmmm …

          5. AntiFSA Avatar

            As you always say Dateam, the circus keeps rolling on.

    2. Minority in Islam yes 20% Minority in the Middle East wrong including Iran Iraq Yemen Lebanon 40% we can put up a fight Iraq’s Shia alone almost outnumber the entire GCC make no mistake If Iran and Iraq are in your GCC will be wiped of the face of this planet one on one.

  4. Amine123 Avatar
    Amine123

    Iran & HA started this shameful sectarian war, they forgot that they are the minorities in most of the ME countries not only the Shiites will suffer economically they will unfortunately suffer physically too.
    Is Nasrallah now happy with his usual miscalculations???
    I hope he rut in hell, not only he destroyed Lebanon economy he also destroyed any future for his own people to work or do anything else but killing their own brothers in the name of his masters in Iran

    1. dateam Avatar

      Your comment lacks any sense of intelligence, legitimacy or decency…your comment goes to the very core of what is wrong in the middle east and arabs….This shameful sectarian war did not start 1 month ago this has been going on for 2 years…the legitimate opposition in syria has been overrun by sectarianism, wahhabi and salfists….you speak of sectarianism from one side ignoring the other side….ALL the minorities have run for their lives in syria…deir azzor is a classic case where all the christians have fled…even qusar which had a 10% christian population also fled when the so called rebels came in….they butcher anyone outside their ideology and post it on youtube…such is the demented,sick,pathetic excuse for human beings….if thats what you call a fight for freedom then you are one sick individual….if thats your mentality and your message to the world then keep dreaming…because you will realise that the minorities will fight back. (youtube begian fighters behead syrian man) is that what a fight for freedom is?

      1. MekensehParty Avatar
        MekensehParty

        What did you expect really? That they’re going to shower Shiites with roses, that when they’ll take the alawite mountains in the west the rebels are going to forget all the deaths that community is responsible for?
        What did you expect when you killed peaceful protesters and imprisoned and tortured every person who thought that talks are the best solution? that they will keep their peaceful movement and not take arms and fight back with the same savagery that your forces used?
        Finally, what did you expect when you went on blowing moderate sunnis, threatening the rest of the same fate and sending them out of their country leaving it to the fanatics?
        WHAT THE HELL DID YOU EXPECT????

        1. dateam Avatar

          In a fight for democracy the one supposedly fighting for the right cause is supposed to show that they are different…..If they catch army troops,or shabiha or fighters arrest them and use them for the purposes of negotiations….the shop keeper,goat herder ,mother or father trying to survive this on both sides im talking here has nothing to do with this they just want to live….there is no thought to the after with this.Are you telling me you condone the butchering of people for the sake of getting rid of him? As hannibal said 2 wrongs dont make a right. The lebanese that were kidnapped and the priests have nothing to do with this.

          1. Reasonableman Avatar
            Reasonableman

            And HA has nothing to do with syria 😉

          2. AntiFSA Avatar

            Yes Reasonable, neither do Libya, Yemen, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Lebanon, Jordan, Turkey. I can continue if you like.

          3. Reasonableman Avatar
            Reasonableman

            So HA should take dateams advice and set the “example” two wrongs dont make a right…if HA were fihhting for democracy they wouldnt be holding flags of al hussayn and taking over or destroying mosques and hanging flags of al hussayn or crucify people because there name is umar.. im not saying the opposition isnt bringing in foreign fighters but how bad of an army does syria have if SOO many “alleged” fighters are foreign?? You did once say that if the lebanese army think HA should hand over weapons to lebanese army they should prove them self stronger first?this should be sufficient enough for you that syrian army have been destroyed..

            Lets stick to my point both sides have certain extremists but the post was setting the example for the other.(two wrongs dont make a right) HA has nothing to do with syrian politics the politicians(most) are against there actions. So how does this set the example?? Go and look at our (once)beloved beirut ,rockets, guns and tyre heads blowing themself up.. how has this helped lebanon besides help in its destruction and leave the christians and muslims and other minorities clean up the mess..

          4. 5thDrawer Avatar
            5thDrawer

            He didn’t say he was condoning any of it. He only asks, ‘What can be expected when one example leads to another?’ (and for sure only one, when a guy cuts out a dead heart to show eating, it gets flogged on social media, and suddenly everyone ‘believes’ they are all cannibals. Weird …)
            But … for instance … has either ‘side’ set up ‘POW’ camps under Geneva Convention rules and allowed in the Red Cross to inspect them? Hell, they are still trying to clear Qusayr … allowed in only after 4 days of ‘cleansing’. But Who has time, money, and manpower to take care of prisoners?? …Whether or not they want to. Basically, going by ‘Assad’s Rules On Prisoners’ … still.

          5. AntiFSA Avatar

            As you always say Dateam, the circus keeps rolling on.

    2. Minority in Islam yes 20% Minority in the Middle East wrong including Iran Iraq Yemen Lebanon 40% we can put up a fight Iraq’s Shia alone almost outnumber the entire GCC make no mistake If Iran and Iraq are in your GCC will be wiped of the face of this planet one on one.

  5. Fauzia45 Avatar
    Fauzia45

    Sadly enough it seems that they have succeeded in ^setting the stage ^ to serve their interests and have opened it for all kinds of fanatics who commit all kinds of atrocities !!!

    1. 5thDrawer Avatar
      5thDrawer

      I think, Fauzia, you will find that in any WAR there are always little gangs running around on the periphery doing ‘their own thing’ – bullies under a little idiot ‘commander’ out for their own interests, while claiming to be ‘part’ of the whole. Sometimes they are useful … usually, not.

  6. Fauzia45 Avatar
    Fauzia45

    Sadly enough it seems that they have succeeded in ^setting the stage ^ to serve their interests and have opened it for all kinds of fanatics who commit all kinds of atrocities !!!

    1. 5thDrawer Avatar
      5thDrawer

      I think, Fauzia, you will find that in any WAR there are always little gangs running around on the periphery doing ‘their own thing’ – bullies under a little idiot ‘commander’ out for their own interests, while claiming to be ‘part’ of the whole. Sometimes they are useful … usually, not.

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