Bodies of 17 prisoners found in Syrian city

By REUTERS
January 28, 2012 12:28

AMMAN  - The bodies of 17 men arrested by Syrian President Bashar Assad's forces during an armored assault this week on the city of Hama were found dumped in the streets after being shot in the head, activists said on Saturday.

The reported killings mark an escalation in a five-month military crackdown on Hama, 240 km (150 miles) north of Damascus, where armed rebels are now backing protesters after tanks stormed the conservative Sunni Muslim city in August.

"They were killed execution style, mostly with one bullet to the head. Iron chains that had tied them were left on their legs as a message to the people to stop resisting," Abu al-Walid, an activist in the city, told Reuters by telephone.


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