Syria: SANA reports mass grave found east of Damascus

With 70 bodies. Until 2018 area controlled by anti-regime groups

17 February, 17:53

    BEIRUT - The Syrian government announced on Monday that it found a mass grave with the remains of about 70 bodies east of Damascus, in an area that was controlled by armed anti-regime groups until April 2018, said SANA news agency.

    It said the mass grave was found in Duma, a stronghold of armed opposition groups since the end of 2011.

    SANA said the remains of the 70 bodies, of people who died between 2012 and 2014, were taken to the Tishrin military hospital in Damascus.

    The area where the mass grave was found was controlled by armed Islamic groups since 2012: first by Saraya al Islam (Brigades of Islam) in 2011, then Liwa al Islam (Battalion of Islam) in 2012 and Jaysh al Islam (Army of Islam) starting in 2013.

    Jaysh al Islam withdrew in April 2018 with the defeat of the armed opposition and the military victory of Damascus troops supported by Russian and Iranian forces.

    The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which has a significant network of contacts on the ground, said the bodies found are those of civilians and government soldiers.

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