Hama death toll hits 48 in recent clashes: Syria state news
Daesh recently executed eight Syrian soldiers for "being Shia Muslims." (AFP/File)
The death toll from the recent massacre perpetrated by Daesh in a northwestern Syrian village has climbed to 48.
A report published by Syria’s official SANA news agency put the overall death toll from the carnage in the village of Mabujeh, located in the central Syrian province of Hama, at 48. Earlier reports had put the fatalities at 30 with many more injured.
Police officials said most of the victims of the Tuesday massacre were women and children.
Syrian government forces, backed by volunteer fighters, later launched an operation and managed to retake control of the village from Daesh. Syrian military aircraft also carried a number of airstrikes and pounded Daesh positions in the area.
The development came days after the Daesh released a new video showing the purported beheading of eight Syrian soldiers in Hama.
The video, which went viral on Sunday, showed Daesh executing the soldiers, clad in orange jumpsuits, for “being Shia Muslims.”
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