Syrian Expatriates Organization (SEO) Shocked at Deaths of Over 400 Syrians on Saturday, Including Massacre in the Town of Deir Ba’alba

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SEO is receiving reports of a heinous massacre of over 220 people by Assad regime forces in the town of Deir Ba’alba, near Homs. Over 400 people killed in throughout Syria in one day alone.

Image of Deir Ba'alba victims released by activists, written in Arabic: "Deir Ba'alba will never forgive you."

SEO is receiving reports of a heinous massacre of over 220 people by Assad regime forces in the town of Deir Ba’alba, near Homs. According to Al-Arabiya, on December 29 over 400 people were killed throughout Syria and 150 charred bodies were found in an abandoned school in Deir Ba’alba. Activists are also reporting that people were slaughtered with knives, including women and children in Deir Ba'alba's main square. The Syrian Army encircled Deir Ba’alba four days ago in a push to take control of the town.

SEE: Syrian Death Toll Climbs to Nearly 400 as Violence Flares http://english.alarabiya.net/articles/2012/12/29/257683.html

SEE: Assad Forces Seize Homs District from Rebels http://news.yahoo.com/assads-forces-seize-homs-district-rebels-activists-123924499.html

The recent spike in violence comes parallel with Russia and UN-Arab League Envoy Lakhdar Brahimi’s ultimatum to the Syrian people to accept a political solution to the conflict that involves the Assad regime or, as Brahimi stated, face “hell.”

SEE: Syria Doomed to ‘Hell’ Without Political Deal: envoy http://news.yahoo.com/syria-doomed-hell-without-political-deal-envoy-160122101.html

SEE: Insisting on Assad’s Exit Will Cost More Lives http://www.nytimes.com/2012/12/30/world/middleeast/syria.html?smid=fb-share&_r=0

“Russia and Brahimi continue to give Assad the green light to commit more atrocities against the Syrian people, which culminated today in the massacre of over 400 Syrians,” said Dr. Mazen Hasan, SEO Chairman. “The choice given by Russia and Brahimi of either accepting Assad, or facing 'hell' is unacceptable, unconscionable, and flies in the face of the legitimate aspirations of the Syrian people for freedom and democracy. We will continue to see violence committed on a large scale as long as Assad feels he can continue to act with impunity without any form of retribution. We mourn the loss of the 400 Syrians who were killed today, the highest documented casualty count thus far, and a black day in the history of the Syrian revolution.”

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Rasha Othman
Syrian Expatriates Organization
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