Reports from Syria indicate members of the Free Syrian Army have started executing Christians while claiming they’re shooting Syrian soldiers.
A video of a Nov. 1 attack in which black-clad Syrian rebels reportedly killed 28 men has been posted on Youtube.com. An Agence France-Presse story on the attack identified the victims as Syrian soldiers.
But Religious Freedom Coalition President William Murray said two of the victims were associated with his cooperating organization in Syria, which distributes aid.
The victims were not soldiers, he said, but civilians from the same neighborhood, “so they were all probably Christians.”
He argued that even a brief review of photos of the attack indicates the victims were civilians.
“They were not armed and never were combatants,” Murray said.
A human rights activist working in Syria whose name has been withheld for security reasons said two of the men were Christians.
“Two of the men I am sure were Christians and were first kidnapped from their neighborhood, then taken out and shot,” the activist said.
Act for America President and Founder Brigitte Gabriel said it’s well known that the Syrian rebels are executing Christians.
“The Syrians without a doubt are executing Christians. They are notorious for their tactical torture of their enemies,” Gabriel said.
“Those people rising against Assad and being crushed are all Muslim Brotherhood whom Bashir Assad’s father, Hafez Assad, crushed 30 years ago in Hama,” Gabriel said.
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