June 27, 2013 4:26 PM

Syria’s pro-Assad forces accused of targeting mosques in civil war

Ma’arat Hurmah is a little-known town close to a front in Syria’s civil war that reporters rarely visit, but Syrian warplanes pounded it for five days last October, according to videos posted at the time on YouTube. Townspeople say they think the town’s Hossein mosque was a major target. Rebel military forces were nowhere near when the mosque was bombed, they say, so there was no obvious military purpose. Instead, they think the mosque was targeted to prevent its use in organizing opposition to the regime.

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