Russia shocked with mass execution in Syria

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Russian Foreign Ministry said Wednesday that Moscow has been shocked with another mass murder in Syria and demanded a thorough investigation.

Bodies in blue plastic bags lie in a school courtyard while residents try to identify missing relatives, in Aleppo, Syria, January 29, 2013. [Photo: CFP]

"We are shocked with another cruel crime on the Syrian land. We proceed from the assumption that a thorough investigation must definitely find those guilty," the ministry's spokesman Alexander Lukashevich said in a statement.

At least 78 people, mostly young, have been found dead in the Syrian city of Aleppo on Tuesday.

"The rebels accused the Syrian army of this atrocity. Syrian official SANA news agency, in turn, said the mass execution of the abducted civilians was conducted by a terrorist organization Jebhat an-Nusra," Lukashevich said.

The diplomat reminded the claims of Syrian opposition that the bodies have flown down from the government-held areas were groundless because the river was crossed upstream by the barbed wire.

Moscow once again called on all Syrian sides to stop violence and start dialogue based on the Geneva Communique.

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