The masscare in Huwaisa (106 people killed) – Locals says it was carried out by anti-Assad forces (‘rebels’)

Claim and counter-claim surrounds latest Syria ‘massacre’

When an opposition group alleges a massacre by regime forces in Syria, it is often very difficult to establish what really happened.

‘Who did what to whom’ is one of the riddles of the Syrian revolution.

But today when a British-based group alleged that 106 people had been killed on the outskirts of Homs by pro-regime forces, I was able to go to the scene and investigate.

The allegation is that Assad’s army and militia had perpetrated a gruesome mass killing, shooting and stabbing, burning the bodies of men, women and children.

In Homs, I first of all put these allegations to the Governor, Ahmad Moneir Mohammed, a regime man.

He stated that there had been killings. Civilians had died; four children and four women, he thought, as well as men who had been killed in fighting between the army and rebels.

He alleged that the rebels were from the Islamist group Jabhat al Nura, which is linked to Al Qaeda and which the United States has designated a terrorist group. He categorically denied that regime forces had perpetrated a massacre.

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