Takfiris massacre civilians in southern Syria: Report
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Witnesses say al-Qaeda-affiliated militants operating in Syria have massacred people of different religions as well as medical workers in a southern city last month. Residents in Syria's southern industrial city of Adra said Takfiri militants belonging to the al-Qaeda-affiliated al-Nursa Front and the so-called Jaysh al-Islam committed the massacre last December, the British daily Independent reported on January 28. According to the report, the al-Qaeda-linked militants went from house to house with a list of names, immediately killing or taking away 32 people of different religions, including Christians and Muslims, in the Syrian city. Survivors of the carnage said the foreign-backed militants had also killed doctors and nurses in a clinic and thrown bakery workers into their own ovens. Many al-Qaeda-linked groups like the al-Nusra Front and the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) are operating in Syria. This is not the first time that such groups perpetrate grisly crimes against innocent civilians in the Arab state. Last October, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said extremist militants killed 190 civilians and held over 200 others hostage in Syria's western province of Latakia in August 2013 alone. Since the outbreak of the turmoil in Syria in March 2011, several video clips have been released showing the horrendous crimes committed by foreign-sponsored terrorists in the country. On December 19, 2013, Patriarch of the Church of Antioch, Gregory III Laham, said 1,000 Christians had been killed and over 450,000 of them displaced in Syria due to the violence, stressing that the crisis the turmoil "has tragically targeted all the Syrians with all of their sects."