Syria rebels 'kill Shia residents of eastern village'

Wednesday, 12 June 2013 - 19:37



Rebels have attacked a village in eastern Syria, killing dozens of Shia Muslim residents.


The UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said at least 60 people, mostly pro-government fighters, died in Hatla yesterday.


The attack appeared to be retaliation for an attack on a rebel position by people from the village, which is predominantly Sunni.


The two-year-old conflict in Syria is turning increasingly sectarian, pitting rebels who are mostly from the majority Sunni community against government forces led by President Bashar al-Assad's Alawite sect, a heterodox offshoot of Shia Islam.


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