Middle East

Syrian government troops unearth mass grave near capital Damascus

Syrian government forces have discovered a mass grave containing the bodies of dozen people executed by members of foreign-sponsored Takfiri terrorist groups near the country’s capital Damascus.

Syrian Forensic Medicine General Director Zaher Hajo said on Thursday the Syrian soldiers made the discovery in the recently-liberated town of Douma, located about 10 kilometers northeast of Damascus, and that the grave contained 112 corpses, Arabic-language al-Baath Media news website reported.

Hajo added that the victims had most likely been killed during heavy clashes in the former militant stronghold nearly two weeks ago.

He further said that the corpses were transported overnight to a forensic department to undergo identification process, stressing that a nine-strong team, including six dentists, had been formed to that end.

The Syrian army on April 14 declared the liberation of Douma in the Eastern Ghouta countryside of Damascus, after the last pockets of militants from the so-called Jaish al-Islam group and their families left the area.

The militants and their relatives were fully evacuated to the militant-held city of Jarablus in northern Syria.

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