(VOA – Michael Lipin – January 29, 2013)
Syrian opposition activists say the bodies of at least 65 people apparently shot in the head have been found in a river in the northern city of Aleppo.
The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights posted videos on the Internet on Tuesday, showing dozens of muddied bodies that it says were dragged out of the Queweik river in Aleppo’s Bustan al-Qasr district.
Most of the dead appear to be young men in civilian clothes, with gunshot wounds to the head and their hands tied.
The Observatory said it was not clear who carried out the killings. Syrian government and rebel forces both have been accused by rights groups of committing atrocities in the country’s civil war.
Activists also said Free Syrian Army rebels and Islamist militants captured a government security compound in the northeastern town of Deir el-Zour on Tuesday, freeing several prisoners after days of heavy fighting.
They said the rebel advance in the oil-rich Syrian region triggered retaliatory air strikes by the government.
There was no government confirmation of the rebel claim.