NGO: Syrian army kills at least 15 in Sunni village

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Syrian troops supported by pro-regime militia killed at least 15 people in a Sunni village in the central province of Hama late Friday, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported.

The group said pro-regime forces carried out a “massacre” using guns and knives to kill residents of Sheikh Hadid village, Agence France-Presse reported.

“Fifteen people were killed -- two women, a child and 12 men -- by regime forces backed by the Popular Committees and National Defense Forces Alawite militias using guns and knives,” the group said in a statement on Saturday.

The group, which has a network of activists, doctors and lawyers on the ground also said that ten other people were wounded in the incident.

The Observatory said there had been clashes between opposition and regime forces in the village, and it was not clear whether all the men killed were civilians.

The Syrian opposition fighters took control of the nearby village of Jelma, the group added, according to AFP.

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is from the Alawite minority, which ruled the country until an uprising two years ago has plunged Syria in a bloody conflict and saw Assad’s forces fight opposition groups dominated by Sunni Muslims.

(With AFP)

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