Mass grave discovered in Aleppo

Mass grave discovered in Aleppo
Sat Mar 1, 2014 10:24:33

A mass grave has been found in a part of the Syrian city of Aleppo that was previously controlled by forces of the so-called Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) insurgent group, activists say.

A Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SNHR) spokesman, Ahmad Muhammad Ali, told Anadolu Agency that other possible mass graves were also discovered in Aleppo`s Aazaz district in the wake of ISIL`s withdrawal from the area.

Ali also said ten corpses were removed in the Jabal Bursaya region in northern Aleppo.

A recent SNHR report said ISIL was responsible for killing nearly 200 civilians and arresting more than 2,000 over an eight-month period up to January.

The group, mainly based in Raqqah and Aleppo, is believed to have tensions with many factions among the Syria regime’s opposition.

In January, another mass grave with 15 bodies was found by the Syrian army in the northwestern province of Aleppo, which has been one of the main bases of al-Qaeda-linked and Saudi-backed groups.

According to Al-Alam reporter in Syria, the mass grave was found in Qabtan al-Jebel village near Aleppo.

The locals said militants from al-Qaeda’s ISIL had earlier attacked the region and these people were probably killed by them.

Aleppo is considered to be the main base for Saudi-backed militants who have been occupying some parts of the province for more than a year.

The foreign-sponsored conflict in Syria began in March 2011, when pro-reform protests turned into a massive insurgency following the intervention of Western and regional states.

More than 130,000 people have been killed and millions displaced in the turmoil.


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