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Thursday 21 August 2014

Shocking video shows priest and another man being beheaded in Syria

Ruth Sherlock Beirut

Published 01/07/2013 | 04:00

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A Free Syrian Army member stands on a lookout point beside the Shi'ite villages of Nubbul and Al-Zahraa that they plan to siege in the Aleppo countryside
A Free Syrian Army member stands on a lookout point beside the Shi'ite villages of Nubbul and Al-Zahraa that they plan to siege in the Aleppo countryside

A priest and another Christian were beheaded as a crowd of Syrian insurgents cheered.

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A video shows the two unidentified men, with their hands tied, surrounded by a cheering crowd of dozens just moments before their heads were cut off with a small knife.

The attackers, who claimed the victims aided President Bashar al-Assad's military, then lifted a head for show and placed it back on one of the bodies.

The shocking images emerged as Syrian government forces launched a withering offensive against rebel-held parts of the central city of Homs, determined to deal the final blow to the "capital of the revolution".

The Syrian army, reportedly backed by the Lebanese militant group Hizbollah, has dramatically escalated an attack against rebel-held pockets of Homs, seeking to consolidate control of the area from Damascus to the Mediterranean coastline.

"The campaign started yesterday morning against the besieged neighbourhoods in Homs Old City," Abu Fidaa, an opposition activist speaking from inside the area said.

"In the first two hours we were attacked with more than 200 missiles. They are destroying everything. It is as if President Assad wants to burn the area," he added. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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