Activists: Syrian army kills 100 fleeing captured town

June 10, 2013 02:58

AMMAN-Forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad have killed at least 100 people who fled the town of Qusair after it was captured by army troops and fighters from the Lebanese Shi'ite group Hezbollah last week, opposition activists said on Sunday.

Most of the dead were hit by machine-gun fire and a sustained bombardment over the past three days as they tried to cross a highway east of Qusair to areas beyond the reach of Assad's forces, the activists said.The report could not be immediately verified as the Syrian authorities restrict access to independent media.

Activist Hadi al-Abdallah said he was one of several thousand people who fled Qusair, ending up among a group of civilians and fighters who abandoned their cars and walked 35 kms (20 miles) across farmland to an area known as the Husseiniya Groves, near the main highway to the central city of Homs.

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