Human Rights Watch (HRW) shows evidence of a massacre and hostage taking (of mostly women and children) in the Alawite region of Latakia by opposition rebel forces, including the Islamic State of Iraq and Sham and Jaish al-Muhajireen wal-Ansar and Jabhat-al-Nusra. More than 190 civilians were killed, mostly adult men, including the paralyzed son (and wife) of an older gentlemen who had fled in the early hours of August 4th. At least 200 are being held hostage.
Could some of those children be the ones that Syrian Christian Nun, Mother Agnes Mariam, believes were killed in the Ghouta chemical attack blamed on Assad's forces?
HRW considers what happened in the Latakia countryside as war crimes.