Wednesday 16 April 2014

Rebels vow revenge for 'martyrs of the river' after massacre

The Aleppo neighbourhood of Bustan al-Qasr have gathered to collect their dead, with rebels vowing revenge after the single largest mass execution in Syria's 22-month conflict.

Residents held signs commemorating the "martyrs of the river" in reference to the muddy canal in which at least 83 bodies were slung as some of those who had been identified were carried off to be buried. More than 30 corpses still lay unclaimed last night.

"We will avenge what happened yesterday. The deaths of these innocents will not go unpunished," rebel commander Abdel Khader al-Sada said. The government blamed the Islamist group al-Nusra front for the killings, but activists say the families who have claimed bodies are from rebel-controlled areas.

The massacre galvanised delegates at a donor conference in Kuwait, where a total of $1.5bn (€1.1bn) in humanitarian aid was raised. (© Independent News Service)

Irish Independent

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