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Syria: Residents who flee occupied Adra horrified by what they saw01:08

Syria: Residents who flee occupied Adra horrified by what they saw

Syrian Arab Republic, Adra and Damascus
December 18, 2013 at 06:23 GMT +00:00 · Published

Syria: Residents who flee occupied Adra horrified by what they saw

Residents and citizens of Adra, a opposition-occupied town northeast of Damascus, are still reeling from the events that led them to flee. A series of interviews with survivors has been conducted by RT over the past few weeks. At least 80 people were killed when the opposition forces, mainly from Islamist groups, entered the town. Eye-witness accounts talk of kidnappings, torture and beheadings. The town, which had a population of over 20,000 when the 2004 census was taken, still contains many citizens who are trapped, with some reports speaking of an ongoing massacre. As one former resident stated: "The things being done in Adra are unthinkable. They are slaughtering children and throwing them out of windows. And no one is doing anything about it."

Nazir Skif, Chairman of the Lawyers Union of Syria, also spoke of "horrifying crimes" taking place, including "houses...set on fire with people trapped inside."

The Syrian army is positioned at the borders of the town. The possibility of mass civilian death has delayed operations to re-take the town. For the time being, surgical strikes are being carried out in an attempt to weaken the opposition hold of the town.

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Syria: Residents who flee occupied Adra horrified by what they saw

Residents and citizens of Adra, a opposition-occupied town northeast of Damascus, are still reeling from the events that led them to flee. A series of interviews with survivors has been conducted by RT over the past few weeks. At least 80 people were killed when the opposition forces, mainly from Islamist groups, entered the town. Eye-witness accounts talk of kidnappings, torture and beheadings. The town, which had a population of over 20,000 when the 2004 census was taken, still contains many citizens who are trapped, with some reports speaking of an ongoing massacre. As one former resident stated: "The things being done in Adra are unthinkable. They are slaughtering children and throwing them out of windows. And no one is doing anything about it."

Nazir Skif, Chairman of the Lawyers Union of Syria, also spoke of "horrifying crimes" taking place, including "houses...set on fire with people trapped inside."

The Syrian army is positioned at the borders of the town. The possibility of mass civilian death has delayed operations to re-take the town. For the time being, surgical strikes are being carried out in an attempt to weaken the opposition hold of the town.

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