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June 12, 2013 11:00 am

Report: Over 60 Shiites Killed by Syrian Rebels in Eastern Syria

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A Syrian refugee camp on the Turkish border for displaced people of the Syrian civil war. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

Washington Post – BEIRUT — Syrian rebels have battled Shiites in a village in the country’s east, killing over 60 people including civilians, activists said Wednesday. The fighting highlights the increasingly sectarian nature of the country’s civil war.

Activists say the dead were mostly pro-government militiamen, without specifying whether the noncombatants had been killed deliberately or were caught in the crossfire. But a Syrian government official denounced the attack on the Shiite-section of Sunni-majority Hatla village as a “massacre” of civilians.

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