AMMAN - Syrian troops killed at least 35 people on Wednesday,
mostly unarmed civilians, when they shelled and overran a suburb of the capital
Damascus, residents and activist organizations said.
"The tanks and
troops left around 4 p.m. When the streets were clear we found the bodies of at
least 35 men," a resident, who gave his name as Fares, said by phone from
Jdeidet Artouz, southwest of Damascus.
"Almost all of them were executed
with bullets to their face, head and neck in homes, gardens and basements," he
added, speaking of the troop action to crush opposition to President Bashar Assad.
Rami Abdelrahman, head of the Syrian Observatory for Human
Rights, said 26 of 35 bodies found in Jdeidet Artouz have been identified and
the victims were overwhelmingly civilians.