Rebels: Pro-Assad Militia Massacred 100 in Hama Province

Armed With 'Guns and Knives,' Militia Killed Civilians

Western-backed rebels are claiming another huge massacre in the al-Kubeir village in Hama Province, Syria. By various accounts from various factions at least 78 people, and potentially 100, were killed, including a number of women and children.

The rebels are saying that the killings were carried out by an unnamed pro-Assad militia, which armed with guns and knives killed a large portion of the tiny village’s population for no apparent reason. So far Syria’s state media hasn’t reported on the killings at all.

The incident comes just weeks after another reported massacre, in the Homs Province, in which 108 people were killed. In that case, the rebels’ initial claim that the deaths wereĀ  the result of shelling were disproven, and later both sides insisted the other had carried out the killings.

Fighting in Syria has been on the rise since this weekend, when the rebels announced that they would no longer abide by the UN-brokered ceasefire. Since then, rebels have claimed over 100 troops killed in an offensive.

Author: Jason Ditz

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