December 17, 2012

Syria's Alawites Caught in the Middle

Hassan Hassan, The National

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On December 9, nearly 200 people were killed in the small Syrian village of Aqrab, which is about 40 kilometres west of Hama. The village has a population of 13,000 people, most of whom are Sunnis, with a minority of about 3,000 Alawites.

The causes of this massacre still need to be independently investigated, but what evidence exists has grim lessons for minority groups and the area as a whole.

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TAGGED: Alawites, Sunnis, Syria, Middle East

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