BEIRUT (AP) — An international human rights group is pointing the finger at Syrian rebels saying they may have committed crimes against humanity.
A Human Rights Watch report says jihadi-led rebel fighters killed at least 190 civilians and abducted more than 200 during an offensive against pro-regime villages. The human rights group is calling the action a war crime and says the Aug. 4 attacks on unarmed civilians in more than a dozen villages in the coastal province of Latakia were systematic and could even amount to a crime against humanity.
The report is based on a visit to the area a month later.
Witnesses said rebels executed entire families or killed men while taking women and children hostage. The villagers belong to the minority Alawite sect, an offshoot of Shiite Islam which forms the backbone of President Bashar Assad's regime. Sunni Muslim extremists consider them heretics.
026-c-11-(Mark Lavie (lah-VEE'), AP Middle East correspondent)-"by al-Qaida units"-AP Middle East Correspondent Mark Lavie reports a rights group is accusing Syrian rebels of killing 190 civilians. (11 Oct 2013)
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