Report: Dozens of Syrian army deserters shot dead

By REUTERS
December 19, 2011 20:01

BEIRUT - Dozens of Syrian army deserters were shot dead on Monday as they tried to flee their base and defect to join the nine-month revolt against Syrian President Bashar Assad, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

The British-based group, citing witnesses who survived the attack, said Syrian forces attacked the defectors with machine-gun fire. One of the survivors said some 60 to 70 deserters were killed.


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