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Stop killing of innocent civilians in Syria
Syria, action created 9.8.2013, petition is active
Over 100, 000 men, women and children have been killed since the crackdown on peaceful protests first began in Syria. Following the deliberate killing of 13 members of the same family in the village of al-Baydah, governorate of Tartus, Amnesty International urges the Syrian government to immediately end all extrajudicial executions.
Civilians in the vicinity of opposition fighters’ bases in the governorate of Tartus are at risk of summary execution by pro-government forces.
“The killing of 13 civilians from the same family, including women and children in one village is deplorable,” said Philip Luther, Amnesty International’s Middle East and North Africa Programme Director.
The bodies of three brothers were found with bullet wounds just outside their home in the western Syrian village last weekend. Four female relatives and six children between the ages of two and 13 were found dead inside the house. The killings took place shortly after pro-government forces clashed with opposition fighters close to the family home.
The incident came three months after mass killings of more than 250 civilians last May in the same village and the nearby city of Banias.
Since those early protests, barely a week has gone by when the situation in the country has not made the headlines. Stories of battles between opposition and government forces continue to fill our papers, and the endlessly rising death toll has serves as a constant reminder that what started as a peaceful cry for freedom has descended into an internal armed conflict - with devastating results.
The impact of the fighting, as ever, is being most brutally felt by civilians. Both pro and anti government forces have committed violent war crimes. Conditions have become so unbearable that over two million people have fled the country, while some four million others have been displaced within Syria.
Amnesty International is calling for all attacks on civilians to stop. The organization holds the Syrian authorities directly responsible for violations committed by government-sponsored militias.