New graphic footage has emerged showing armed men killing their captives in the northwestern Syrian city of Aleppo simply for supporting President Bashar al-Assad. The two-minute video, posted on YouTube and reported by the AFP, shows armed men killing elder members of the Syrian al-Berri tribe. Amnesty International has already warned about reports of “summary executions” in Aleppo, calling them serious violations of international law.
This comes as the Syrian government earlier said that the armed rebel groups backed and funded by Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Turkey are committing “horrific crimes” against civilians in the capital, Damascus, and the city of Aleppo.In two letters addressed to the head of the UN Security Council and the UN secretary general, the Syrian Foreign Ministry said the rebels backed by Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Turkey are using civilians in Aleppo as human shields, and killing anyone who does not support their crimes.
Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Muallem also said on July 29, “We believe that all the anti-Syrian forces have gathered in Aleppo to fight the government… and they will definitely be defeated.”Mark Glenn, from the Crescent and Cross Solidarity Movement, told Press TV in a recent interview that the United States and its allies, as well as the Tel Aviv regime “want the same kind of instability, chaos, civil war and bloodshed that took place in Libya to take place in Syria.” Many people, including large numbers of security forces, have been killed in the turmoil in Syria that began in March 2011. The Syrian government says foreign-sponsored ‘outlaws, saboteurs, and armed terrorists’ are behind the unrest, while the opposition accuses the security forces of killing the protesters. The anti-Syria Western regimes have been calling for the Syrian president to step down, but Russia and China remain strongly opposed to the Western drive to oust Assad. On July 28, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said, “Our Western partners… together with some of Syria’s neighbors are essentially encouraging, supporting and directing an armed struggle against [the Syrian government].” KA/HSN/PKH/HJL