Syria Ousts Rebels from Site of Alleged Killings 02/18/14
February 18, 2014
BEIRUTó Syrian state media says government troops have regained full control of a village in the central province of Hama after ousting rebels accused of killing dozens of people there, mostly members of the minority Alawite sect.
State news agency SANA says government troops took control of the village of Maan on Monday after destroying the last "hideouts of terrorists, who came into the village and committed a massacre."
Syria refers to rebels fighting to overthrow President Bashar Assad as terrorists. The rebels are mostly Sunni Muslims and Assad's government is predominantly Alawite, a sect of Shiite Islam.
Opposition activists have also reported sectarian killings in Maan. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says at least 40 people were killed when hard-line Islamic fighters overran the village Feb.9.