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Wednesday, July 20, 2011     INTELLIGENCE BRIEFING

Rights group reports first Syrian Muslim attacks on pro-regime Alawites

NICOSIA — Syrian Muslims have begun targeting members of President Bashar Assad's Alawite minority.


A leading human rights group has reported clashes between Alawites and Muslims in at least one Islamic stronghold in Syria. In mid-July, at least 30 people were killed in fighting between the two religious sects in the Sunni city of Homs.

"They fell after civil fighting between pro- and anti-regime started on July 16," the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

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The human rights group said the Alawites have been the leading supporters of the Assad regime amid the revolt in Syria, Middle East Newsline reported. Syrian Observatory said Alawites were being abducted and killed in Homs, presumably by Sunni rebels.

"These clashes are a dangerous development that undermines the revolution and serves the interests of its enemies who want to turn it into a civil war," Syrian Observatory director Rami Abdul Rahman said.

This marked the first report of Muslim attacks on Alawite civilians in Syria. The Assad regime has been employing the Alawite-aligned Shabiha militia to conduct what human rights groups said marked the worst abuses against protesters.

More than 1,600 civilians have been killed and 12,000 arrested since March. Damascus said at least 500 soldiers and police have been killed in Islamic attacks.

Shabiha and security forces have been targeting Homs in mid-July. A civilian opposition group said 10 people were killed in Homs by security forces on July 18.

"Security forces and Shabiha are rampaging in streets and firing randomly," the Local Coordination Committees activist group said. "Whole neighborhoods are under siege."


I am a Syrian and the truth on ground is absolutely different. The truth is that President's regime and forces dressed like civilians are trying to spark a religious crackdown in the country by killing Muslims and Christians and accuse some innoccents protestors in these horrible crimes against humanity. The armed security forces of Alawites ( President special forces) having heavy guns entered many houses by force, killed its inhabitants and raping its women and slaughtering its children and then blamed innoccent protestors for that.

Ali Sulaiman      4:06 p.m. / Saturday, July 23, 2011

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