More than 100 Killed in New 'Massacre' in Syria

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More than 100 civilians have been killed in a new "massacre" in Syria, a watchdog said Thursday, as Russia slammed the United States for blaming deadly blasts at a university campus on the Damascus regime.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the deaths came when the army on Tuesday swept through farmlands north of Homs city, where it said around 1,000 people had sought refuge from fighting in the central Syria metropolis.

"The Syrian regime carried out a new massacre on Tuesday claiming 106 victims, including women and children," said the Britain-based watchdog, which relies on a network of activists and medics on the ground.

Witnesses said several members of the same family were among those killed, some in fires that raged through their homes and others stabbed or hacked to death. Among the dead were 32 members of the same clan.

Homs, dubbed "the capital of the revolution" by Syria's opposition, is the most strategic city in the country's largest province, lying on key trade routes near the borders with Lebanon and Iraq, and with its southwestern areas not far from Damascus.

Pro-regime daily al-Watan reported army advances against "gunmen" -- a term used by the regime for insurgents -- in the area, but activists said there were no insurgents there.

"They came in and slaughtered the women and the children. They burned their bodies," an unidentified woman told an anti-regime activist, according to amateur video distributed by Homs-based opponents of the regime.

The Observatory urged the U.N. to send a fact-finding team to probe the latest bloodshed.

The reported deaths were the latest to emerge from Syria, where twin blasts on Tuesday tore through an Aleppo campus while students were sitting exams.

At least 87 people were killed in one of the bloodiest attacks of the 22-month conflict, in a city that has suffered some $2.5 billion in damage in six months of bitter conflict, according to Aleppo's governor.

No one claimed responsibility for the Aleppo blasts, but the United States blamed government forces for the violence, suggesting they were caused by air strikes on university buildings.

The remarks by U.S. State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland triggered an angry Russian response.

"I cannot imagine anything more blasphemous," said Moscow's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Thursday, describing the killings as a "terrorist act."

Violence erupted again in Syria on Thursday, with the Observatory reporting several air strikes on flashpoints in Damascus province and Kafr Nabuda in the central province of Hama.

In the Husseiniyeh area near the capital, warplanes dropped three missiles killing 11 civilians, among them seven children, said the Observatory.

An air strike on Kafr Nabuda killed another four children, the monitoring group said, adding that more than 3,500 children have been killed in Syria's conflict.

Meanwhile, in the majority Kurdish town of Ras al-Ain, in the northern province of Hasakeh, unprecedentedly fierce fighting pitted rebels against pro-regime Kurdish fighters, the Observatory said.

Unlike in previous clashes in Ras al-Ain, jihadists did not join the fight alongside the rebels on Thursday.

But a senior Jordanian salafist said two prominent jihadists were killed in fighting regime troops alongside al-Nusra Front fighters in Syria, among them a brother-in-law of slain al-Qaida in Iraq leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi.

The Observatory gave a death toll for Thursday of 127 killed -- 68 civilians, 34 rebels and 25 soldiers.

More than 60,000 people, mostly civilians, have been killed in Syria's conflict, according to the United Nations, while the Observatory says it has documented more than 48,000 dead.

The conflict has sent some 600,000 people fleeing the country, most of them to neighboring countries, according to the U.N..

An official in Iraq said it will reopen two border points to Jordan and Syria more than a week after they were closed after protests against Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki in Anbar blocked the main route linking Baghdad to the two countries.

Comments 9
Missing beirutbastard 18 January 2013, 02:24

Could be revenge for the university bombing, and the car bombs in Christian area later. The way they were killed shows a lot of anger. Burned, stabbed, and hacked to death.

So what are the lastnames of these families? Maybe that will help.

Missing realist 18 January 2013, 09:51

Those names are all documented, the 60,000 people the UN spoke of are all documented, which means the real number is more like 90 thuosand killed, these are people who have lives, children and a future. Do you like people yeshmatu feek when you die sir?

Thumb kanaandian 18 January 2013, 02:34

"Jordan salafist and two promined jihadists were killed."
Massacre Massacre :( :( My heart goes out to them.

Thumb shab 18 January 2013, 02:38

jihadist duty

Default-user-icon Sae Kubo in Tokyo (Guest) 18 January 2013, 07:24

I was deeply shocked by the explosion at Allepo University in Syria on Tuesday with more than 80 death and more than 140 wounded. I am also so surprised by the discussion on the Western World's 'wording' dispute over called activists as "terrorists". Setting such explosive killing more than 40 students at the university, in the japanese context, it is enough to use the term of "terrorists" or "extrmist" ! I am convinced no Japanese suspect on such a matter. Following such grave an accident at the University where is the place for the youth to study academy theme, news about almost carnage number of death toll happened in Syria was reported on Thursday. SANA shouted it was "terrorist" action ! for University children and outcry echoed. What was wrong with it ?

Missing realist 18 January 2013, 09:56

Aleppo university was constantly attacked by shabi7a and regime thugs since 2011, the campus witnessed the largest anti government demonstrations in Aleppo city, so who no earth wants to terrorize those students into submission, the revolution? or the regime?? this is similar to the logic that says that all the anti Syrian regime politicians who were killed in lebanon were killed by israel.

Thumb rover98 18 January 2013, 09:00

more killings more apathy more reason to remove Assad and his supporters will be left nowhere to hide

Missing realist 18 January 2013, 09:53

The Aleppo university witnessed the largest demonstrations in Aleppo city, go to youtube and search for them if you are too blind to see. Was that also cleansing of students? killing of people waiting for bread my migs is cleansing? There will come a day when those victims come back to 'cleanse' people like yourself.

Missing realist 18 January 2013, 10:02

I want to ask the fellow she3a lebanese...aren't you ashamed of supporting bashar assad? aren't you ashamed of supporting the genocide against the Syrian people? is this really what you learned from imam hussein? isnt bashar the new yazeed? and who took you in during 2006 into their homes?? wasnt it the SYrian people?! how can you stab them in the back like this? Dont you know that the wrath of God will come upon you for taking such action? dont you know that those victims will come after you one day for revenge?? havent you learned from imam hussein that the opressed will win ?