Refugees accuse Syrian regime of 'crimes against humanity'
Syria was accused yesterday of systematic torture, beatings and killings amounting to "crimes against humanity".
In a detailed report by the human rights group Amnesty International, residents of Tel Kalakh, near the Lebanese border, recounted how one man was shot dead by snipers, and the ambulance carrying his body was also fired on.
In another incident, eight men were shot as they came out of a house to surrender. They were seen being taken away, still alive, and when the families were called to pick up their bodies they found marks indicating sustained torture.
Every family who spoke to Amnesty after crossing the border had at least one member in detention, the report said.
"Consistent descriptions of arrests... indicate that beatings began the moment a man opened the door."
Attempts by Syrian president Bashar al-Assad's regime to quell unrest continued yesterday as soldiers moved through the streets of Hama, where hundreds of thousands of people demonstrated last Friday. (© Daily Telegraph, London)