Human Rights Watch says Takfiri insurgents in Syria have killed a hundred 90 civilians and held over 2-hundred others hostage in Latakia province.

The New York-based rights group described the August attack as the first evidence of crimes against humanity by foreign-backed militants. It said the scale and organization of the attack suggest premeditation. The insurgents killed civilians fleeing Alawite villages. H-R-W says in some cases entire families were executed or gunned down as they fled. The report added that more than 20 militant groups were involved in the offensive. Many of the victims were murdered by al-Qaeda-linked gangs. UN figures show over a hundred thousand people have lost their lives in Syria since unrest broke out in the country more than two years ago.

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