AMMAN - The bodies of at least 79 people were found in a town close to Damascus on Saturday, according to activists who said many were young men who appeared to have been killed by Syrian troops "execution style".
The deaths would bring the toll from an offensive by President Bashar Assad forces on Daraya, south-west of Damascus, to 149, according to a tally by opposition activists in the capital.
Due to restrictions on non-state media, it was impossible to independently verify the accounts.
The Daraya Coordination Committee activists' group said in a statement that among those found with shots to the head were eight members of the al-Qassaa family: three children, their father and mother and three other relatives.
Their bodies were found in a residential building near Mussab bin Umeir mosque in Daraya, the group said.