Syrian Civil War: The Aleppo Massacre In Pictures
By Maya Shwayder | January 30, 2013 7:24 AM EST
Sixty-five bodies, all of which had hands bound behind their backs and appear to have been shot in the head, were discovered washed up in a river that runs through the middle of the city of Aleppo in the north of Syria on Tuesday. It is not immediately known who carried out the executions, but the suspected perpetrators are forces loyal to the regime of President Bashar al-Assad. Reuters said the death toll could rise as high as 80.
Forces fighting on both sides of the conflict have been accused of various human rights violations, as the war-weary citizens of Syria struggle to go on with their lives while the conflict rages ceaseless around them.
The 22-month conflict has claimed more than 60,000 lives, created around 2 million internally displaced people, and more than 700,000 people have fled as refugees to Jordan, Turkey, Lebanon, Iraq, and Egypt, according to UNHCR.
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