by, Lama Fakih – Syria Researcher | Human Rights Watch
Rebel forces in Syria have killed at least 190 civilians and seized dozens of child hostages, who they have paraded in a video posted on YouTube, Human Rights Watch says.
Fighters burned villages, threw bodies in mass graves and kidnapped women and children in acts described as likely “crimes against humanity” by HRW.
Witnesses gave harrowing accounts of family members being executed in their beds during an attack on August 4.
One man said he was forced to flee, leaving his paralysed son and wife to die at the hands of armed rebels.
A 105-page report by the New York based human rights group said the findings “strongly suggest” crimes against humanity were committed in the rural Latakia area.
HRW said it conducted an on-scene investigation and interviewed more than 35 people, including survivors and fighters from…
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