The Syrian opposition condemns the killing of 300 people near Damascus
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The Syrian opposition condemns the killing of 300 people near Damascus

Damascus : Syria | Aug 26, 2012 at 11:11 AM PDT
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This Saturday, the Syrian rebels denounced the discovery of more than 300 bodies, a day after forces of Bashar Asad recover the square, amid an offensive to regain control of the area around the capital. Opponents claim that many bodies had signs of having been "executed" by the soldiers. Macabre discoveries like this have mushroomed in the country for weeks.

Daraya joins its name to Syrian towns infamous for being the scene of other killings, as Hula (108 dead, according to the UN mission) and Treimse (about 200 deaths). According to the opposition Local Coordination Committees (CCL), is the largest slaughter since the start of the revolt against Assad, in March 2011. The fighting of Daraya enroll in the context of the Syrian Army general offensive, ongoing for days, against the southern belt of Damascus, where numerous foci resist rebels.
According to the Syrian Observatory of Human Rights (OSDH), headquartered in London, at least 320 bodies have been found in Daraya since Saturday, but most of the victims had died days earlier in the course of the operation of punishment that Army started five days ago to oust the rebels from the town. The largest number of corpses to 156, according to the opposition network-Sham was found in the mosque of Abu Suleiman Al Durani. A video posted on YouTube on Saturday whose authenticity could not be proved shows what appears to be the basement of a building dozens of bodies lined up, most men with signs of having been executed, while the author accuses recording the Shabiha (regime thugs) slaughter.

Abu Kinan, Daraya activist, explains that many of the victims were in homes and shelters in basements, so it seems that died in an operation shot at every house. "In the last hours, 122 bodies have been found. Seems that two dozen people were killed by snipers and impacts the rest were summarily executed with pistols at close range," said in a statement to Reuters. "The Army Assad has made a slaughter in Daraya". The absence of independent reporting on the ground makes it impossible to confirm the death toll.

The Daraya Coordination Committee said in a statement that among the bodies found shot in the head had eight members of the Al Qassaa: three children, his father and his mother and three other relatives.
Mohamamad Hur, Daraya another activist, said that 36 bodies of young men were found in the morning in a building, along with many seriously injured people who could not be transported to area hospitals because the Army had occupied. "We are identifying the bodies and documenting how they died. Early indications are that the majority was shot at close range in the face, neck and head, execution style," said Hur. "The women of both families say soldiers shot their brothers before them."

A recent UN report confirmed that both sides have carried out summary executions, a war crime, but also that Assad's troops and militias have committed more Shabiha the rebels.
The suburb of Daraya, a working-class town near Damascus Sunni majority and a population of 200,000, had become a hotbed of rebels who had recently attacked the troops of El Asad, trying to suppress for 17 months a rebellion that degenerated into civil war. About the operation in the town, the state news agency Sana said: "Our armed forces have cleared heroic Daraya remains of terrorist groups who have committed crimes against the children of the people, have terrorized and sabotaged and destroyed public and private property ".

The UN Agency for Refugees said Friday that the total number of Syrian refugees in foreign countries because of the conflict has exceeded 200,000. According to the OSDH, 25,000 people have died in Syria since the start of the revolt against the regime, compared to the computation of 18,000 UN offered.

Politically, the Syrian Vice President Farouk al-Shara, has appeared on Sunday in Damascus for the first time for about a month, after that happen the last weeks rumors about his desertion of the regime and he fled the country. Al Shara attended a meeting with representatives of the Iranian Parliament. A few hours later, President Assad regime reaffirmed its defeat "at any price" the "comply" directed against his country abroad, the agency Sana. "The Syrian people will not allow the comply succeed and achieve its objectives" and will defeat "at any price," said the Syrian president to receive an emissary to Iran in Damascus, according to Sana.

karasiwo is based in Karāchi, Sind, Pakistan, and is a Reporter on Allvoices.
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