Activists: Syria government forces killed detainees in Idlib

Rebel fighters gesture as they place shoes on a damaged sculpture of late Syrian president Hafez al-Assad, father of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, in Idlib city, after they took control of the area March 28, 2015. (Reuters)

Activists say members of a Syrian security agency killed more than a dozen detainees before evacuating a detention center in a northwestern city captured by opposition fighters.

The activists said the killings were conducted shortly before rebels took the so-called security compound in Idlib, the second major city to have been seized by the opposition.

The Idlib Media Center showed a video of what it said were at least 12 bloodied bodies inside a room at the Military Intelligence Directorate.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Sunday that 15 men were found shot dead inside the compound.

Islamic fighters led by al-Qaeda’s branch in Syria seized full control of Idlib on Saturday in a powerful blow to President Bashar Assad, whose forces rapidly collapsed.

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:45 - GMT 06:45