Group Charges Syrian Government with Executing Scores of Men


0  Updated at 2:27 am, January 30th, 2013 By: ABC Digital
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JOSEPH EID/AFP/Getty Images(DAMASCUS, Syria) — An opposition group is accusing the Syrian government of war atrocities after the bodies of dozens of men were reportedly pulled from a river in the northern city of Aleppo.

The British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said it received an amateur video showing the corpses of men between the ages of 20 and 30 being taken from the water and placed in a truck.

According to the group, the victims were killed execution-style with gunshots to the head.

So far, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says that less than 20 of the victims have been identified with the death toll expected to go as high as 80.

The Syrian government has not responded to the video of what appears to be a summary execution.

Throughout the two-year conflict, human rights groups have accused both sides of wanton killings of civilians.

At least 60,000 people have died in Syria since the government crackdown on pro-democracy forces began in March 2011.

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