Syria: 34 bodies dumped in public square in Homs

The Daily Telegraph reports: A human rights group monitoring events in Syria claims it had evidence of the worst massacre yet by the regime of President Bashir al-Assad.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which has chronicled deaths on both sides during the nine month-long uprising, said a witness had seen the bodies of 34 people dumped in a public square in the restive city of Homs.

It said the 34 had all been seized from anti-Assad neighbourhoods in the city by the shabiha – unofficial militias loyal to and armed by the regime.

The bodies had been left in the pro-regime district of Al-Zahra, it said.

More than 4,000 people have been killed in the uprising, with an increasing number of regime soldiers being killed by armed insurgents as the country drifts towards civil war.

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  1. blowback

    The only reason the bodies wouldn’t be “disappeared” completely is “to send a message” topeople close to the people who were killed. Since it is unlikely that the Syrian government would need “to send a message” to its own supporter, it seems to me that it is unlikely that they would kill political opponents and their bodies in a loyalist area. It is far more likely that the opposition killed them and dumped them in a pro-government area to either incriminate the government or to send a message to the government supporters.

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