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Syrian Woman Strangled in Koura 'Honor Killing'

The Internal Security Forces said Friday that two Syrian teenagers have killed their sister in what the state-run National News Agency described as a crime of honor.

The ISF Intelligence Branch found the body of 24-year-old Diala T. near a school in the town of Deddeh in the northern Koura district, NNA said.

The police investigation led to the arrest of her brothers N.T. and Aa.T., who admitted to strangling her in an honor killing, the agency said.

The two men were arrested and handed over to the Dahr al-Ain police station for further investigation, it added.

But according to an ISF communique, the 16-year-old and 13-year-old brothers said they killed their sister “for family reasons.”

Every year thousands of women are killed for notions of family honor worldwide, mainly in the Middle East, North Africa and South Asia.

In 2011, the Lebanese parliament approved a draft-law to cancel article 562 of the penal code that calls for limited punishments for honor killings.

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