— The Erimtan Angle —

‘An investigation by Human Rights Watch has revealed that Syrian rebel groups killed at least 190 civilians and seized more than 200 hostages during a military offensive in the Latakia region back in August. And the group believes this is the first evidence of members of the Syrian opposition committing war crimes and crimes against humanity. Two jihadist groups — the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham, and the lesser-known Jaish al-Muhajireen wal-Ansar — are still holding the hostages, the vast majority of who are women and children. Human Rights Watch believes the attacks on civilians were systematic and planned (11 Oct 2013)’.

The BBC’s James Reynolds explains that “[r]ebel forces in Syria killed as many as 190 civilians and seized more than 200 hostages during a military offensive in August, Human Rights Watch says.[1]  A report by the US-based group says the deaths occurred in villages inhabited predominantly by members of President Bashar al-Assad’s minority Alawite sect near the coastal city of Latakia. It said the findings ‘strongly suggest’ crimes against humanity were committed. The group has previously documented atrocities by pro-government forces. The report calls on the UN to impose an arms embargo on all groups where there is credible evidence of their involvement in war crimes”.[2]


[1] “”You Can Still See Their Blood” HRW (11 October 2013). http://www.hrw.org/sites/default/files/reports/syria1013_ForUpload.pdf.

[2] James Reynolds, “Syria rebels executed civilians, says Human Rights Watch” BBC News (2013). http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-24486627.

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