Friday, September 9, 2011

Syrian soldiers executed for refusing to target activists

Protesters claim deaths happened at Damascus barracks as analysts report increasing number of troop defections

Paul Owen and agencies, Friday 9 September 2011

"Eight soldiers were executed in the Syrian capital Damascus on Friday for refusing to fire on protesters, activists have claimed.

The Local Co-ordination Committees (LCCs), which monitor demonstrations in the country, said the soldiers were killed in the Kesweh area of the capital after a dispute at their barracks. Six people were injured, some of them critically, when security forces fired on demonstrators, the LCCs said.

Analysts say the number of soldiers defecting from the Syrian army seems to be increasing...."

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