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Syria Gov't, Rebels Blame One Another for Duma Bloodbath

Oct. 25, 2012

Rebels have blamed the reported massacre of at least 25 civilians including women and children on militias allied with embattled Syrian president Bashar al-Assad, whose government alleges "terrorists" were behind the bloodbath.

State television pointed the finger at the rebel Liwa al-Islam group for the alleged massacre in the city of Duma north of the Syrian capital Damascus.

Liwa al-Islam has in the past claimed several attacks in Damascus. The Syrian government calls the mainly Sunni rebels and Salafite groups seeking to overthrow the authoritarian al-Assad "terrorists".

The United Nations estimates that over 30,000 people have been killed in the 19-month conflict which has become a civil war while international peace initiatives have failed.

Atrocities are being committed by both sides, according to observers.

Source: (c)2012 Adnkronos International (Rome) Distributed by MCT Information Services

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