At least 80 people were killed during a crackdown by the Syrian government forces on the town of Jdaidet el-Fadil, in the suburb of Damascus, on Sunday.
According to activists, the military opperation carried out by troops loyal to the Syrian President Bashar al-Assad was meant to target one of the strongholds of the opposition forces of the Free Syrian Army (FSA).
The town was stormed by Assad’s troops after a continuous fight with the FSA rebels over more than five days in the town. The operation against Jdaidat el-Fadil comes in the frame of the intensive military efforts to regain control on the areas around Damascus and maintain the régime’s power there.
The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights revealed that at least 80 victims of the attack were identified by its activists.
“Some of the victims were summarily killed. There were reports of as many as 250 deaths,” The observatory revealed in a statement issued on Sunday.
Abu Ahmad al-Rabi, a Syrian activist in Damascus, said that nearly 85 people have been summarily executed in Jdaidet el-Fadil town.
“Among the victims, 28 were shot at a makeshift hospital after Assad’s forces went in Jdaidet el-Fadil,” he told Reuters. “We fear that the victims of the massacre are much higher.”
Last week, UN’s major agencies issued a joint statement calling on the political decision makers to take an immediate action toward the growing violence in Syria, which resulted in more than 70.000 casualties in the two-year-old crisis, according to official estimates.
Source: ARA News
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