Syrian rebels kill 78 soldiers in one day
Syrian rebels killed at least 78 soldiers on Thursday, AP reports. About a half of them were killed in attacks on military checkpoints in the north of the country that followed a wave of bombings in the Damascus area earlier in the day, activists say. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights claims that at least 153 people were killed across Syria throughout the day, inculding soldiers, rebels and civilians. Also a YouTube video showing rebels executing soldiers appeared on Thursday – though its authenticity could not be verified. It showed rebels beating about 10 soldiers before lining them on the ground and executing them with automatic rifles. Amnesty International’s Ann Harrison said in a statement, “This shocking footage depicts a potential war crime in progress and demonstrates an utter disregard for international humanitarian law by the armed group in question,” AFP reported.