Monitor: Rebels hold 100 Syria loyalists in Aleppo

July 27, 2012 18:51

BEIRUT - Rebels have detained at least 100 Syrian officers, soldiers and pro-government militiamen this week in the city of Aleppo, where a major battle is anticipated, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Friday.

A video posted on YouTube showed rebels with Kalashnikovs from "The Tawheed (monotheism) Brigade" guarding the detainees who were lined up in four groups omn a school playground. An off-camera voice said they had been detained in Aleppo, Syria's biggest city.

Some of the detainees' faces were covered with bruises and showed signs of swelling around their eyes and when they spoke their voices quavered.

One said he was a colonel, another a major and several identified themselves as shabbiha, a term used by opposition to describe militiamen who are loyal to Syrian President Bashar Assad and are fighting alongside his troops.

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