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Syria forces kill 10 children of alleged rebels: Report

Syria forces kill 10 children of alleged rebels: Report
Ten children were among at least 48 people killed in a Syrian village earlier this week as regime forces executed the families of five alleged rebels, a monitoring group said on Saturday. The killings took place in the village of Rityan, north of second city Aleppo, which regime forces entered on Tuesday during an offensive aimed at cutting rebel supply lines to the Turkish border, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

The Britain-based monitoring group said villagers had discovered the bodies of those killed when they returned to their homes after the regime forces pulled back on Wednesday. The wives of the five alleged rebel fighters were also among the dead. “The troops and militiamen knew exactly where they lived thanks to the informers who accompanied them,” observatory director Rami Abdel Rahman said.

“There was no resistance except in one house where a rebel opened fire at troops before being executed along with his family,” he added. Activist Mamun Abu Omar said some of the bodies of the dead had been mutilated. The brief seizure of Rityan was part of an abortive offensive launched by the army this week to try to encircle the rebel-held east of Aleppo and relieve two besieged Shiite villages to its north.

By Friday, all but one of the villages taken by government forces in the initial fighting had been recaptured by the rebels, who include fighters of al-Qaida affiliate al-Nusra Front. The heavy fighting claimed the lives of 129 regime loyalists and 116 rebels, including an al-Nusra commander, according to an observatory toll.

Peshawar school student succumbs to injuries

One more student, who was injured in the horrific December 16 Taliban attack on an army-run school here, succumbed to his injuries on Saturday after fighting for his life for over two months, taking the death toll to 153 in the tragic incident.

Ishaq Amin, a tenth-grade student in the Peshawar Army Public School, passed away this morning in the Combined Military Hospital (CMH) where he was under treatment since he was brought there on the day of the attack in critical condition. Ishaq’s brother Amir was also injured in the attack and he is undergoing treatment in the same hospital.

“Ishaq Amin was shot in the head and face during the deadly attack on the Peshawar school and had been in critical condition since. He had two operations both of which failed,” Ishaq’s elder brother Waqar Amin said.

Waqar also blamed the government for neglecting the treatment of injured students and threatened to register an FIR against Khyber Pakhtunkhwa chief minister Pervez Khattak and prime minister Nawaz Sharif, the Express Tribune reported.

On Friday, Pakistan released an amount of Rs 45 million for the treatment of 30 injured students at the Agha Khan Hospital in Karachi. Abid Raza, vice-president of the Shuhada Forum, a representative body of parents of the victims, said the death toll has climbed to 153 with the latest death, among them 134 students.

The brazen attack had left many with critical disabling wounds, who are receiving treatment in various cities of Pakistan.


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