اجعلنا صفحة البداية RSS خدمة Add to favorite Facebook Twitter

Advanced

30 Palestinians killed in Israeli attacks since midnight
Syria video shows stabbing and stoning blamed on Assad militia
Published Wednesday 02/01/2013 (updated) 03/01/2013 10:24
Font- Font+
A man walks in front of a wall paint representing Syria revolution, in
Cairo June 12, 2012.(Reuters/Amr Abdallah Dalsh)
BEIRUT (Reuters) -- Internet video posted by Syrian rebels appears to show fighters loyal to President Bashar Assad stabbing two men to death and stoning them with concrete blocks in a summary execution lasting several minutes.

Assad's forces and rebels have both been accused of atrocities in Syria's 21-month-old uprising-turned-civil war. The United Nations says the authorities and their allied militia have been more culpable.

Reuters could not verify the provenance of the footage or the identity of the perpetrators and their victims. The video was posted on Tuesday but it was not clear where or when it was filmed. However it does clearly show a summary execution and torture, apparently being carried out by government supporters.

At one point, one of the perpetrators says: "For God's eyes and your Lord, O Bashar," an Arabic incantation suggesting actions being carried out in the leader's name.

The video was posted on YouTube by the media office of the Damascus-based rebel First Brigade, which said it had been taken from a captured member of the shabbiha, a pro-government militia made up mainly of members of Assad's minority Alawite sect.

International media have often used videos provided daily by rebels even though it is difficult and frequently impossible to verify their contents. The government tightly restricts media access in Syria, where 28 journalists were killed last year.

The graphic video of killings begins with a group of captive men huddled against a wall in a room filled with broken masonry. Most wear jeans and t-shirts pulled up over their heads, covering their faces.

Five armed men in camouflage uniforms and holding assault rifles stand behind them, one of whom turns to the camera to grin and wave. Several captives are led out the room, leaving two men huddled against the wall.

A tall, bearded soldier with dark sunglasses and a black Nike baseball cap lightly slashes at the men's backs with a knife. Two others hand their guns to their comrades and unsheathe knives.

One of them, a shorter man with a beige cap, turns to the camera and waves his knife with a flourish. The soldiers slash and then start to stab the captives, who shake and groan.

A close-up shows cuts through one victim's blue sweater to his bare skin. Blood starts to flow down his back. The other victim falls to the ground.

The soldiers show off for the camera, smiling for close-up shots and slicing at the men's backs. They start stabbing the men more deeply and violently in the back and side. The captives fall to the ground.

One of the stabbed men is still moving when a soldier throws a large piece of broken masonry on his head. Others follow suit until the men are almost completely covered in concrete bricks, now stained with their blood.

The soldiers walk away and one slaps his hands together to remove the dust.

An estimated 45,000 people have been killed during the conflict in Syria.
Print
1 ) someone / somewhere
02/01/2013 16:47
a crime committed by the syrian regime, but how come you dont mention the tens of videos posted by the so-called rebels bragging about butchering innocent civilians? how come you dont mention the tens of videos where they threaten with death everyone who is not sunni? how come you dont mention the tens of videos where the so-called rebels execute captured syrian soldiers after torturing them? is one side's crime acceptable and the other side's crime unacceptable?

2 ) fools / @hariri/ma'an
02/01/2013 17:16
why have you not posted anything of the fsa atrocitys..ever?-as for the reuters article- we will soon find out whether or not they are assad supporters or others.. same with the nyt reporter who was kidnapped in north syria some wk ago.. ...you call that journalism.?

3 ) JC/NJ / USA
03/01/2013 02:37
Whatever the case in this video - it is a fact that the U.S./NATO/GCC plan is to break up Syria by weakening and then destroying the unity of the Syrian people. The Syrian Arab Army stands in the way of the plan succeeding. The people of Bolivia, Cuba and Venezuela understand this very well. They too are targets.

4 ) @2 / .ps
03/01/2013 10:01
the reporter and crew were from usa/turkey and worked for nbc.the first blamed the kidnap on shia group..itwas a fsa alqaida group was later found out..
Name Country
Comment
Characters
Note: Comments will be reviewed for appropriate content. Click here for more details.

Share/Bookmark

At least 20 dead, dozens missing in shipwreck off Libya
Egypt's Morsi salutes Palestinian 'resistance' in Gaza
Syria's Assad joins prayers to mark end of Ramadan

Close Next Previous
All Rights Reserved © Ma'an News Agency 2005 - 2014