Activists: Syrian air raid on Kurdish village kills 11

By REUTERS
April 15, 2013 03:18

AMMAN - Eleven civilians were killed when a Syrian warplane bombed a Kurdish village in the oil-producing province of Hasaka in northeastern Syria on Sunday, Kurdish activists said.

The raid, which killed mostly women and children, is the biggest loss of Kurdish life from loyalist attacks since the start of the two-year uprising against Syrian President Bashar Assad, they said.

The circumstances of the attack on the impoverished village of Haddad, 60 km (40 miles) northeast of the city of Qamishli, are not clear, but it appears that a rebel force specializing in raiding oil wells had deployed on a hill near the village, the Kurdish sources said.

A statement by the Kurdish National Council said the attack was a "serious escalation by the regime" following a series of raids on rural areas near Qamishli, where fighting between rebel brigades and  Assad's military has intensified in the last week.


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