Syrian forces execute 18 farmers in Hama, activists say

February 24, 2012 15:45


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BEIRUT - Activists said Syrian security forces lined up and shot dead at least 18 people in a village in central Syria on Friday, including seven members of the same family.

They said the victims were from farming families: men, women and children including a ten-month-old baby and a 7-year-old, from Halfiya in Hama province. Security forces lined them up and shot them, activists said.

"Twelve of the people killed were shot in the head," an activist in Hama told Reuters.

The motive for the killings was not immediately clear.

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