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Didn’t ‘execute’ Assad loyalists: Syria rebels

Last Updated: Saturday, August 4, 2012 - 13:31

Damascus: Syrian rebels have condemned and rejected responsibility for the public execution of four apparent Assad loyalists in the battleground city of Aleppo.

“We strongly condemn this kind of irresponsible behaviour and call on all revolutionary forces and the fighters on the ground to condemn such acts,” the Free Syrian Army (FSA) said in a statement.

Their remarks came after an online video showed the men, who included the alleged head of a feared local militia, being put up against a wall and shot with Kalashnikov rifles.

According to News24, the rebel group insisted the killings were ‘unacceptable, isolated and illegal’ and that they had nothing to do with the people who carried them out.

“These reprehensible acts do not conform with the ethics of the FSA or the Syrian revolution,” FSA said.

“We respect international laws and conventions, notably the Geneva Convention on the treatment of prisoners,” the group added.

An amateur video posted on YouTube by activists apparently showed FSA fighters executing regime loyalists from the Al-Berri tribe.

According to the report, the gunmen chanted ‘The FSA forever!’ as they led members of the tribe into a square.


First Published: Saturday, August 4, 2012 - 13:31
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