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Syria Gunmen Kidnap 40 Civilians, Mostly Women and Children
[An Nahar] An armed group in northwest Syria on Thursday hijacked a bus and kidnapped at least 40 civilians, mostly women and children, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

"Most of the victims were women and children, barring a couple of men," said Observatory director Rami Abdel Rahman, whose Britain-based center added they came from al-Fua and Kafraya villages in Idlib province.

Both are majority Shiite Muslim villages, while most rebels are Sunni.

The Observatory said the bus had been en route to Damascus. It did not specify which group was behind the kidnapping.

"The group were probably warlords who have taken advantage of a total security vacuum in areas where the army has pulled out," said Abdel Rahman, who warned that there has been an increase in kidnappings in northern Syria.

"There are many who are taking advantage of the conflict and an absence of centralized power," he said.

"We are very concerned about what may happen to these women and children."
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Posted by: Gerthudion Glitle9360   2013-02-15 22:09  

#7  ?
I don't see it, but I use AdBlockPlus on FireFox latest version
Posted by: Frank G   2013-02-15 20:21  

#6  That doesn't show up on my iPad, JohnQC. Perhaps one of Rantburg's many computer experts could weigh in...
Posted by: trailing wife   2013-02-15 19:18  

#5  Thanks TW. An example would be "free phones" in sepia and underlined in my above comment.
Posted by: JohnQC   2013-02-15 17:08  

#4  Now these are the guys that Zero wants to help, right?

I thought attacking civilians was baaaaad.
Posted by: Alanc   2013-02-15 16:00  

#3  Possibly Fred's automatic translation, JohnQC. There is a translate button as part of the array when one submitsan article -- highlight the text, then click on Translate, it does it automatically.

Unless you mean something else, in which case a sample would be helpful for diagnosis.
Posted by: trailing wife   2013-02-15 14:45  

#2  What's with the underlining and highlighting of certain words or phrases that are typed?
Posted by: JohnQC   2013-02-15 10:41  

#1  Syrian Observatory for Human Rights--One of those UN organizations? The following is a man/woman on the street discussion of human rights: Human rights video link. They list some 30 human rights. I looked for the free phone, internet hookup, food stamps, AK-47, etc. but didn't see them. Human rights documents still not as good as the founding documents we have.
Posted by: JohnQC   2013-02-15 10:40