Report: Syrian army killed own troops who shot civilians

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June 11, 2011 01:13

 
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A defector from the Syrian army said that his forces were responsible for the deaths of a number of soldiers whom the government had claimed were killed at the hands of armed rebels, Al-Arabiya reported Friday.

According to the defector, he ordered the soldiers' deaths after he saw firing on unarmed civilians in Jisr Al-Shaghur. He said soldiers were repeatedly warned against firing on unarmed residents of the village, but would not listen.

The military source told Al-Arabia that up to 90% of the village was evacuated, but that the remaining women and children were used as human shields.

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