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Syrian govt evacuates 5,000 from town besieged by Islamist rebels

Published time: December 30, 2013 02:21
Edited time: December 30, 2013 05:47
The Syrian army on a mission to force rebels out of the town of Adra. Still from RT video

The Syrian army on a mission to force rebels out of the town of Adra. Still from RT video

The Syrian government evacuated around 5,000 people on Sunday from a town near Damascus where Islamist rebel fighters executed dozens of civilians two weeks ago, Syria’s state news agency reported.

Government forces continued to battle Islamist rebels from the Al-Nusra Front and the Army of Islam in the town of Adra, located northeast of the capital. The town, which has a population of 20,000, was captured in mid-December by jihadist rebel groups.

Many of the civilians killed were members of the Alawite and Druse sects, communities which stand in support of President Bashar Assad, who himself is an Alawite.

Syrian troops surrounded the town following the rebel invasion.

Minister of social affairs Kinda Shammat stated on Sunday that more than 5,000 people were evacuated from the town.

"The citizens who have been evacuated are now in a safe haven as the ministry formed a relief operations' room with the cooperation of Damascus countryside governorate to offer them the basic relief aid," he said in a statement to SANA news agency.

An Adra resident earlier told RT that he escaped from the town “under a storm of bullets.” He later contacted his colleagues, who described how the executions were carried out by the militants.

“They had lists of government employees on them,” the man said. “This means they had planned for it beforehand and knew who works in the governmental agencies. They went to the addresses they had on their list, forced the people out, and subjected them to the so-called 'Sharia trials.' I think that’s what they call it. They sentenced them to death by beheading.”

The government in Damascus tried to draw the UN’s attention to the events in Adra. The Syrian Foreign Ministry sent a letter of complaint to the United Nations on Monday, saying that more than 100 people were massacred by the Al-Nusra Front and the Islam Brigade.

Both the Adra massacre and the latest Aleppo bombing have signaled an escalation of violence in the war-torn country ahead of the UN-mediated and continuously postponed peace talks on Syria, which are now set to take place in Geneva on January 22.

More than 100,000 people have died during the three-year uprising in Syria, according to UN estimates.

Comments (11)


fran7 07.01.2014 09:50

The UN are guilty of backing anarchy in Syria by allowing the unelected Jokers called the SNO who do not have any support and no control what so ever over the numerous bands of USA backed cannibal rebels to join the UN.
Warmongering Israel and Saudi Arabia are the financial backers of these killers in Syria and the cause of much of the death and destruction in the middle east.


George Rizk 30.12.2013 15:31

It has been reported that the invading Islamists are planning to make Syria an Islamic state. The picture of these barbarians always include their Islamic slogan! What is missing as the idiot West concluding that if an Islamic state was formed, it would mean the genocide of millions of Christians! Now how the genocide of Christians are not a world and a humanitarian catastrophe as the Rwanda's case?


George Rizk 30.12.2013 15:21

The Zionist West got in bed with the rag-heads Islamists, and both sides funded and armed the Muslim thugs to destroy Syria. This I'd not a conspiracy theory, it is facts reported around around the world. Except, it is not reported as the SAUDIS & ZIONIST are out to destroy Syria? It is reported in a confusing way like the dictator kills his own people? Thus ignoring the paid for foreign invaders who are beheading, and EATING people!

If there is justice in this world, Syria can go to the world court and get a judgement to bankrupt Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and France.

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