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Ash-Shaddada: FSA abducts oil industry employees

KURDWATCH, February 28, 2013—OnFebruary 10, 2013, several Free Syrian Army (FSA) units took control of large parts of the city of ash‑Shaddada (fifty kilometers south of al‑Hasakah). They stormed a housing development primarily inhabited by people who work at the oil field near ash‑Shaddada. The majority are ʿAlawis. Dozens of employees were kidnapped; information about their murder and burial in a mass grave could neither be confirmed nor disproven. On February 12, the Syrian army bombed FSA positions in ash‑Shaddada with surface-to-surface missiles. On February 12, shots were also exchanged between FSA and government troops in al‑Hasakah.


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