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Syrian activist group says most of Deir ez-Zor city has been destroyed by Assad forces

Last modified: 23 Oct 2012 21:13

"The Syrian Expatriates Organization (SEO) expresses its grave concern over the deteriorating humanitarian situation in the city of Deir ez-Zor in the east of Syria.  This region has been effectively cut off from communications, media coverage, and basic human necessities as a result of the Assad army’s unrelenting airstrikes and military blockades for over 130 days, the activist group said in a statement released on Tuesday.

"Activists in Deir Ezzor have stated to SEO that over 3,000 people have been killed, and over 75% of the city has been destroyed. In addition over 380,000 people have fled the area."
 
"On October 20, it was reported that a gruesome massacre of over 80 civilians in Deir Ezzor was perpetrated by the Assad regime in which men, women, and children were tortured, slaughtered, and burned. The massacre took place at the southern edge of the city, where regime forces have been staging attacks for months."