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At least 320 people massacred in working-class town in Syria


BEIRUT -- Bloodied bodies lay in the streets, in basements and even in the cemetery in the besieged Damascus suburb of Dariya, site of what may be the largest mass killing in almost 18 months of fighting in Syria, according to opposition and pro-government accounts Sunday. Video posted on the Internet Sunday purported to show groups of victims in Dariya being buried in a mass grave several yards long.

"We are finding bodies everywhere. What has happened in Dariya is the most appalling of what has happened in the revolution till now, what has happened in Syria till now," said an opposition activist who goes by the name Abu Kinan for security reasons. "The smell of death is everywhere."

At least 320 people have been killed in Dariya, a working class town, since the military launched an assault five days ago, said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a Britain-based group opposed to President Bashar Assad. The killings reported in Dariya contributed to a death toll Saturday that topped 400 in Syria, according to the Local Coordination Committees, an opposition umbrella coalition.


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