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Assad's Forces Kill 85 In Damascus Suburb, Activists Say

posted 21 Apr 2013, 12:03 by Sam Mbale   [ updated 21 Apr 2013, 12:04 ]

Activists say 85 people have been killed by forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in the Damascus suburb of Jdeidet al-Fadel.

SAID TO BE JDEIDET AL-FADELDAMASCUSSYRIA (SAID TO BE APRIL 21, 2013) (SOCIAL MEDIA WEBSITE) -  Syrian forces and militiamen loyal to President Bashar al-Assad killed at least 85 people on Sunday (April 21), including women and children, when they stormed a Damascus suburb after five days of fighting, opposition activists in the area said.

"We documented 85 summarily executed, including 28 shot at a makeshift hospital after Assad's forces went in Jdeidet al-Fadel. We fear that the victims of the massacre are much higher," said Abu Ahmad al-Rabi', an activist in the adjacent district of Jdeidet Artouz.

There was no immediate confirmation of the activists' account, although several videos uploaded to social media websites purported to show a number of bodies in body bags.

Reuters cannot independently verify the content of these videos, which were obtained from a social media website.

Syrian authorities have banned most independent media since the uprising began two years ago.