Sanamayn Massacre

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This reported massacre of around 60 occurred in Sanamayn, in southern Syria between Damascus and Dara'a, on April 11, 2013.

General notes on first assessment: this is another of those shocking massacres with a large-seeming death toll that appears to roll together a number of civilians massacred (variously 24, [1] 29, [2] or 60 [3]), along with casualties of a military clash (nine soldiers, 16-25 militants), giving a total of around 60, or 90, if the New York Times' sources are right. Details of the fighting are not entirely clear, but the location is significant; the largest city on the highway linking Damascus and Dara'a. The civilians were reportedly stabbed and burnt by a force that “slaughters civilians in retaliation for its defeats.” [3] Just who was defeated that day and who punished those people for what remain unclear as well.

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References

  1. Dozens killed in clashes between militants, Syria Army Press TV, April 11, 2013
  2. Sanamein massacre amid global silence Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, Facebook, April 11, 2013
  3. 3.0 3.1 Military in Syria Is Accused of Massacre By RICK GLADSTONE and ALAN COWELL, New York Times, Published: April 11, 2013