Hatla massacre

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Hatla massacre
Part of the Syrian civil war
Hatla massacre is located in Syria
Hatla massacre
Location Hatla, Deir ez-Zor Governorate, Syria
Date 11 June 2013 (2013-06-11)
Attack type
Massacre
Deaths 30–60
Victim Shia villagers
Perpetrators Free Syrian Army
Al-Nusra Front[1]
Motive Sectarian

The Hatla massacre was the killing of 60 Shia villagers, including some who were armed, conducted by Syrian opposition fighters in the eastern Syrian village of Hatla, near Deir ez-Zor, on 11 June 2013 during the Syrian Civil War. At least 30 of the dead were civilians.[2][3][4] According to a UN report, 30 people were killed.[5]

A video posted online on 11 June, entitled "The storming and cleansing of Hatla", showed fighters waving the black Salafi flag and celebrating. The language used in the videos is sectarian. "This is the Shia, this is the Shia carcass, this is their end," the cameraman says. That video "indicates those responsible were non-Syrians, possibly from Kuwait."[6] According to a Facebook page of Islamist activists from the area, members of the Free Syrian Army and the Islamic extremist Al-Nusra Front rebel groups were involved.[1][dead link][citation needed]

According to opposition activists, most of the dead were pro-government fighters but civilians were killed as well, including women and children.[7][1] Three Shia clerics were also among the dead.[8] Reports said that 30 civilians were killed.[2] Syrian opposition forces also burned civilian houses and a Shia mosque during the takeover.[9][1] 10 rebel fighters were killed during the attack. 150 Shia residents fled to the nearby government-held village of Jafra.[4]

The incident may be seen as underlining 'the distorting of the Revolution's image by the Syrian'.[7]

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Syrian Extremist Rebels Raid Shiite Village Archived 13 June 2013 at the Wayback Machine
  2. 2.0 2.1 Dozens of Shiites Reported Killed in Raid by Syria Army
  3. Agence France-Presse (12 June 2013). "60 Shiite villagers killed as France warns of 'turning point' in Syria". Telegraph.co.uk. Retrieved 25 October 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. 4.0 4.1 Syrian rebels attack village in country's east, killing dozens of local Shiites, activists say[dead link]
  5. "Assad regime accused of string of Syria massacres in UN report". Telegraph.co.uk. 11 September 2013. Retrieved 25 October 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  6. "Syria: 60 Shia Muslims massacred in rebel 'cleansing' of Hatla". The Independent. Retrieved 25 October 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  7. 7.0 7.1 "Syria rebels 'kill Shia residents of eastern village'". BBC News. Retrieved 25 October 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  8. "UN says 93,000 killed in Syria amid reports of new massacre". Retrieved 25 October 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  9. "Reports of 'massacre' in eastern Syria". Al Jazeera. 12 June 2013.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>