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Infants among dead in Syrian massacre

August 27th, 2012
06:55 PM ET

There have already been several massacres in Syria this year, but the latest mass killing appears to be on a whole new scale. This time it's in the Damascus suburb of Daraya – a mostly poor and largely Sunni area, with a population of about 150,000.

Opposition activists say government forces murdered at least 320 people, many shot in the head, execution style.  Most of the victims appeared to be men; but women and children were also targeted.

CNN has obtained an extraordinary account of life in the Damascus suburb of Daraya over the last two weeks, just before the neighborhood was overrun by Syrian government troops. The Syrian government has said it targeted Daraya to cleanse terrorist cells from the town but this report shows the townspeople had only just begun to rebuild their lives after the last Syrian Army offensive nearly two months ago. Some of the images in this report are graphic and not appropriate for all viewers.  For safety reasons, we are not naming the journalist.  You can watch her report in the video above.

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  1. DavidDaniels

    Of course what you don't mention, Christiane, is that the other "massacres" have been found to have been perpetrated in whole or in part by the "rebels." Homs, the others? Even the UN found the rebels shouldered with the blame. Check the report. You never report that, though. Because you are a liar. Like all of CNN.

    August 27, 2012 at 7:22 pm | Reply
    • Peter C

      Minor correction to your comment...it should be "You are a liar like all of the mockery we call media". Now you know why PressTV and other independent media sites are being completely censored by public wireless internet providers such as Starbuck's (more appropriately Star(ofDavid)Buck's

      August 27, 2012 at 7:27 pm | Reply
    • JC

      Except Syrian military forces are murdering infants. I've read and seen video that show rebels murdering other Syrian military men who were being detained, and that is wrong, but infants have not been a target by rebels. News from the region is muted with news agencies barred from entering the country legally. I'm sure there bad people on both sides.

      August 27, 2012 at 7:40 pm | Reply
      • DavidDaniels

        "Except Syrian military forces are murdering infants."

        Of course - they are ripping babies from the incubators. Yes, we have heard it all before. Settle down, now. Just turn your TV back on and relax. Everything will be OK...

        August 27, 2012 at 10:29 pm |
  2. Peter C

    The NATO-sponsored terrorists imported into Syria are responsible for all acts of terror around the globe...and yes, NATO created Al Qaida and STILL sponsors it even after everything that has happened.
    Eitherway there will be some serious klezmer dancing in Washington, London, New York and Tel Aviv again in response to this latest news

    August 27, 2012 at 7:25 pm | Reply
    • Nicholas McNulty

      I feel sorry for people who write or believe this. NATO is not perfect, but its actions have always been justified, and history will confirm this. I regret that NATO has been blocked by countries who themselves are aligned to human rights abuses and cruelty to their own people.

      The Middle East nations are starting to realize that their enemies are not the West, whom their leaders would like them to believe, but their own Governments, and this has been borne out as true in conflict after conflict. Unlike the Arab nations, who have mostly ignored the suffering of their fellow people in these conflicts, Western nations hold a value on human life, a value generally missing in the minds or religions of Middle Eastern countries. Even Hitler would have been appalled by the brutality of the Syrian army against its own brother and sisters. There is something grossly sinister in the minds of such people that make one wonder if they are in fact human at all.

      August 27, 2012 at 7:53 pm | Reply
      • DavidDaniels

        Another kook aid drinker I see. Yes, NATO is a great success. Just ask the people of Sirte:

        http://www.activistpost.com/2011/10/libya-before-and-after-image-shows-what.html

        August 27, 2012 at 10:26 pm |
  3. John

    'Nice people there'. Where are the human rights activists or do they only complain when the Western World does something wrong. I guess they do not get paid to protest,when their mates are the criminals.

    August 27, 2012 at 7:37 pm | Reply
  4. denise

    What you two [David & Peter] fail to mention is that AQ have crossed into Syria earilier this year to fight. All the signs are there and there are photos of fighters wearing their emblem fighting among the rebels. It was not the rebels in Homs, but Jabhat al-Nusra. Jabhat al-Nusra fighters are in the front line in Aleppo and Idlib and the suburbs of the capital, Damascus. They want Syria for themselves, make another Islamic state.

    August 27, 2012 at 7:48 pm | Reply
    • DavidDaniels

      Indeed. And have you asked who is arming these jihadist terrorists? Maybe you should look into it. Here is a hint: it only has three letters and the first one is "C". Have fun...

      August 27, 2012 at 10:28 pm | Reply
  5. macaulay ahamba

    Most times I begin to wonder why we dont have peace all over the world dose it really mean that some group of people derive joy in killing each other?just like in Nigeria one will carry a bomb laden vehicle to kill...please lets try to love one another no matter our short comings.thank you

    August 27, 2012 at 8:17 pm | Reply
  6. Jonathan onche Edeh

    Statistics shows not up to 10,000 people have being killed in the Syrian crisis so far, yet hundreds of thousands (if not millions) more of unborn children are killed every year by American women and President Obama, who would desire to see Assad of Syria brought to "justice." But the truth is these American "killer" women who support ABORTION, and their "killer" president is worst than President Assad.....and if i were a human with a woman's heart, and do know God, i will not and never cast my vote for any of these two sons of the same father....Assad and Obama.

    August 28, 2012 at 3:04 am | Reply
  7. Jonathan onche Edeh

    You could imagine what it feels like to be weak, voiceless, defenseless yet hopeful, but only to be held down against your will, without your consent, and your life taken a way from you by an irresponsible remorseless one who thinks she has the right to decide whether i live or not. Such is the brutality and inhumane act of ABORTION.....These TERMINATOR American women and president Obama, are guilty of crimes against humanity than president Assad of Syria is......

    August 28, 2012 at 3:13 am | Reply
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    The President of Iran may not be entirely wrong in his claims and statements, as it is only important that we heed the wisdom in what he says.....Americans, it is true you don't get it. It is true you don't know you are being lied to by your leaders....America happens to be the most hated nation on earth, and this isn't good for Americans.....Ahdmi...of Iran may not be admired but it is necessary as i say that we listen....or else

    September 26, 2012 at 9:22 am | Reply
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