Syrian security personnel in the northern city of Aleppo have discovered the bodies of more than 80 people, saying the victims were killed execution style.
The bodies of young men and boys were found in the Quweiq River, which separates Bustan al-Qasr district from Ansari, in Aleppo’s southwest.
The area is under the control of the foreign-backed militants who are seeking to overthrow the government of President Bashar al-Assad. Some of the bodies had their hands tied behind them and the others appear to had been shot in the head.
A senior security source said many of the victims had previously been reported kidnapped.
He blamed the terrorists of carrying out the executions. But the armed groups accuse the government of being behind the massacre.
The Syria crisis began in March 2011, and many people, including large numbers of army and security personnel, have been killed ever since.
The Syrian government says the chaos is being orchestrated from outside the country, and there are reports that a very large number of the militants are foreign nationals.
Damascus blames the West and its regional allies Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and Turkey for supporting the armed groups.
In addition, several international human rights organizations have accused the militants fighting the Syrian government of committing war crimes.