The highest number of victims in Syria was reported when the bodies of at least 566 people were found in the Damscus suburb of Jadidat al-Fadel on Sunday in the civil war-stricken country.
The conflict which began in March 2011 between the government forces and rebels has left almost 70,000 dead.
The incident in Jadidat al-Fadel is being described as a ‘massacre’ by the opposition groups in Syria since the people who were killed were mostly unarmed. Though no immediate verification of the incident was received by major news organizations, opposition groups in Syria such as the Revolution Leadership Council (RLC) and Local Coordination Committees (LCC) have confirmed that Bashar al-Assad’s forces have carried out a massacre against the people living in the area of Jadidat al-Fadel.
There were many women and children among those who were killed in the alleged mass slaughter.
The LCC opposition group has posted an online account of the incident:
“After clashes between the Free Syrian Army (FSA) and regime forces, and despite the FSA’s withdrawal to save civilian lives, the regime mobilized large numbers from its 4th Division, Republican Guard, Lebanese Hezbollah, and shabbiha militias from the Somarieh barracks to storm the city and attack civilians. Many of the casualties were women, children, and elderly persons. Some victims were slaughtered; others were shot. The corpses were set on fire near positions controlled by the regime’s 100th Regiment. These regime forces also launched an indiscriminate arrest campaign, which affected a large number of people who were trying to bury the martyrs of the massacre.”
Meanwhile, state-run Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) reports:
“Armed Forces units inflicted heavy losses upon terrorists in the town of Jdiadet al-Fadl in Damascus Countryside, injuring a number of them and killing others.”
The obvious contradiction in statements and the blame game continues. Opposition groups keep on using the term ‘martyrs’ while the government prefers ‘terrorists’. Human life is constantly being lost in Syria and there is not much the world is doing to put an end to the hostility.
UNICEF has released a video entitled ‘Syria Crisis Appeal’. You can watch it in the link below: