Syrians flee ‘massacres’ in Baniyas and al-Bayda

Saturday, May 4, 2013
By Paul Martin

BBC.co.uk
4 May 2013

Hundreds of Syrians have fled coastal areas where activists accuse government forces of carrying out massacres in a campaign of sectarian cleansing.

Footage of mutilated and burned bodies, allegedly from the town of Baniyas, have been posted online.

Activists said 77 people, including 20 from the same family, died, a day after 72 were killed in nearby al-Bayda.

The government said it had fought back “terrorist groups” and restored peace and security to the area.

Meanwhile, Israel has said its warplanes carried out an air strike on Syria targeting weapons heading to Lebanon’s Hezbollah.

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