A mass grave was discovered on Monday in the southern Syrian town of Daraa, at the heart of protests roiling the country for two months and virtually shut off from the outside world, an activist told AFP by telephone.
“The army today allowed residents to venture outside their homes for two hours a day,” said Ammar Qurabi, of the National Organization for Human Rights in Syria.
“They discovered a mass grave in the old part of town but authorities immediately cordoned off the area to prevent residents from recovering the bodies, some of which they promised would be handed over later,” he said on the phone from Cairo.
Qurabi said the Syrian regime must bear full responsibility for the crimes committed against unarmed citizens and urged the international community and civil society to pressure it to stop the repression of its people.
He said he did not know how many people were buried in the mass grave.
Hundreds of Syrians have been killed in the regime’s crackdown on protests that began in mid-March. Now Lebanon
Update In addition to the mass grave in Daraa, the bodies of 34 people killed by government forces over the past five days were found in nearby villages of Jassem and Inkhel, Qurabi, told Bloomberg by phone on Monday .
Watch this You Tube video on the excavation of the mass grave.
By the way, over the past month Syria has put far more people in prison than the total number of Palestinian Arabs who are, or ever were, in Israeli prisons at any point in time.
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