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Mass Rally in Support of Syrian Army in Tallkalkh
May 17, 2013
HOMS, (SANA) - After the Friday prayers in Tallkalkh mosques, the worshipers went out in a mass rally to support the Syrian Arab Army in its operations against the armed terrorist groups, which are targeting public establishments and tampering with Syria's security and stability.
The participants condemned the acts of terrorism committed by the armed terrorist groups against Syria's public institutions and citizens, affirming their readiness to offer their souls for defending Syria and restoring security and stability to it.
Head of the City Council Akram Klysha pointed out that a number of terrorists handed over their weapons in Tallkalakh and were released, espically after the Legislative Decree No. 23 for the year 2013 which granted general amnesty to the crimes committed before 16 April, 2013.
Estimates of deaths in the Syrian civil war, per opposition activist groups, vary between 70,610 and 94,000, the later figure combining several sources. On 15 May 2013, the United Nations put out an estimate of 80,000 that had died in the war.
UNICEF reported that over 500 children have been killed by early February 2012. Another 400 children have been reportedly arrested and tortured in Syrian prisons. Both claims have been contested by the Syrian government. Additionally, over 600 detainees and political prisoners have died under torture. By mid-May 2013, the opposition activist group SOHR reported the number of children killed in the conflict had risen to 4,788, while at the same time 3,048 women were also killed.