Rebels shown killing captured Syrian troops

  • In this Thursday, Nov. 1, 2012 photo, rebel fighters watch over enemy positions as they wait for Syrian army troops to enter a street during clashes in the Karmal Jabl battlefield in Aleppo, Syria. (AP Photo/Narciso Contreras)In this Thursday, Nov. 1, 2012 photo, rebel fighters watch over enemy positions as they wait for Syrian army troops to enter a street during clashes in the Karmal Jabl battlefield in Aleppo, Syria. (AP Photo/Narciso Contreras)
  • In this  Thursday November 1, 2012 citizen journalism image, provided by Edlib News Network, ENN, which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, black smoke rise up from bombing by a Syrian forces warplane in Taftanaz village, Idlib province, northern Syria. Syrian rebels killed more than 75 soldiers on Thursday, about half of them in attacks on military checkpoints in the north just hours after a wave of bombings hit the Damascus area, activists said. The unusually high toll for regime forces came after days of intense air bombardment of rebel positions around the country that killed hundreds. (AP Photo/Edlib News Network ENN)In this Thursday November 1, 2012 citizen journalism image, provided by Edlib News Network, ENN, which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, black smoke rise up from bombing by a Syrian forces warplane in Taftanaz village, Idlib province, northern Syria. Syrian rebels killed more than 75 soldiers on Thursday, about half of them in attacks on military checkpoints in the north just hours after a wave of bombings hit the Damascus area, activists said. The unusually high toll for regime forces came after days of intense air bombardment of rebel positions around the country that killed hundreds. (AP Photo/Edlib News Network ENN)
  • In this Thursday November 1, 2012, citizen journalism image provided by Edlib News Network, ENN, which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, Syrians inspect shops and a mosque which were damaged in shelling by Syrian forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar Assad, in the  village of Taftanaz, Idlib province, northern Syria. Syrian rebels killed more than 75 soldiers on Thursday, about half of them in attacks on military checkpoints in the north just hours after a wave of bombings hit the Damascus area, activists said. The unusually high toll for regime forces came after days of intense air bombardment of rebel positions around the country that killed hundreds. (AP Photo/Idlib News Network ENN)In this Thursday November 1, 2012, citizen journalism image provided by Edlib News Network, ENN, which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, Syrians inspect shops and a mosque which were damaged in shelling by Syrian forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar Assad, in the village of Taftanaz, Idlib province, northern Syria. Syrian rebels killed more than 75 soldiers on Thursday, about half of them in attacks on military checkpoints in the north just hours after a wave of bombings hit the Damascus area, activists said. The unusually high toll for regime forces came after days of intense air bombardment of rebel positions around the country that killed hundreds. (AP Photo/Idlib News Network ENN)
  • In this picture taken on Thursday November 1, 2012 citizen journalism image, provided by Edlib News Network, ENN, which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, Syrians inspect a mosque which was destroyed in shelling by Syrian forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar Assad, in the village of Taftanaz, Idlib province, northern Syria. Syrian rebels killed more than 75 soldiers on Thursday, about half of them in attacks on military checkpoints in the north just hours after a wave of bombings hit the Damascus area, activists said. The unusually high toll for regime forces came after days of intense air bombardment of rebel positions around the country that killed hundreds. (AP Photo/Idlib News Network ENN)In this picture taken on Thursday November 1, 2012 citizen journalism image, provided by Edlib News Network, ENN, which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, Syrians inspect a mosque which was destroyed in shelling by Syrian forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar Assad, in the village of Taftanaz, Idlib province, northern Syria. Syrian rebels killed more than 75 soldiers on Thursday, about half of them in attacks on military checkpoints in the north just hours after a wave of bombings hit the Damascus area, activists said. The unusually high toll for regime forces came after days of intense air bombardment of rebel positions around the country that killed hundreds. (AP Photo/Idlib News Network ENN)
  • In this Thursday, Nov. 1, 2012 photo, rebel fighters carry out a bomb through the front line streets as they prepare an attack against Syrian army troops during clashes in the Karmal Jabl battlefield in Aleppo, Syria. (AP Photo/Narciso Contreras)In this Thursday, Nov. 1, 2012 photo, rebel fighters carry out a bomb through the front line streets as they prepare an attack against Syrian army troops during clashes in the Karmal Jabl battlefield in Aleppo, Syria. (AP Photo/Narciso Contreras)
  • In this Thursday November 1, 2012 citizen journalism image, provided by Edlib News Network, ENN, which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, Syrians check damaged shops and a mosque destroyed in shelling by Syrian forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar Assad, in the  village of Taftanaz, Idlib province, northern Syria. Syrian rebels killed more than 75 soldiers on Thursday, about half of them in attacks on military checkpoints in the north just hours after a wave of bombings hit the Damascus area, activists said. The unusually high toll for regime forces came after days of intense air bombardment of rebel positions around the country that killed hundreds. (AP Photo/Edlib News Network ENN)In this Thursday November 1, 2012 citizen journalism image, provided by Edlib News Network, ENN, which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, Syrians check damaged shops and a mosque destroyed in shelling by Syrian forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar Assad, in the village of Taftanaz, Idlib province, northern Syria. Syrian rebels killed more than 75 soldiers on Thursday, about half of them in attacks on military checkpoints in the north just hours after a wave of bombings hit the Damascus area, activists said. The unusually high toll for regime forces came after days of intense air bombardment of rebel positions around the country that killed hundreds. (AP Photo/Edlib News Network ENN)
  • In this Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2012 photo, rebel fighters watch over their enemy's position as they prepare themselves to shoot an shoulder-fired rocket towards an army tank in the Karm al-Jebel neighborhood of Aleppo, Syria. Violent clashes re-ignited along the city's frontline while government warplanes attacked rebel controlled areas throughout the financial capital of Syria's largest city. (AP Photo/Narciso Contreras).In this Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2012 photo, rebel fighters watch over their enemy's position as they prepare themselves to shoot an shoulder-fired rocket towards an army tank in the Karm al-Jebel neighborhood of Aleppo, Syria. Violent clashes re-ignited along the city's frontline while government warplanes attacked rebel controlled areas throughout the financial capital of Syria's largest city. (AP Photo/Narciso Contreras).
  • In this Thursday, Nov. 1, 2012 photo, a rebel fighter runs for cover at the front line during clashes in the Karmal Jabl battlefield in Aleppo, Syria. (AP Photo/Narciso Contreras)In this Thursday, Nov. 1, 2012 photo, a rebel fighter runs for cover at the front line during clashes in the Karmal Jabl battlefield in Aleppo, Syria. (AP Photo/Narciso Contreras)
  • In this Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2012 photo, an 8-year-old Syrian girl struggles for life at a hospital, after she arrived badly injured by an aerial attack by government forces in the Bab Al-Neyrab neighborhood in Aleppo, Syria. Violent clashes re-ignited along the city's frontline while government warplanes attacked rebel controlled areas throughout the financial capital of Syria's largest city. (AP Photo/Narciso Contreras).In this Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2012 photo, an 8-year-old Syrian girl struggles for life at a hospital, after she arrived badly injured by an aerial attack by government forces in the Bab Al-Neyrab neighborhood in Aleppo, Syria. Violent clashes re-ignited along the city's frontline while government warplanes attacked rebel controlled areas throughout the financial capital of Syria's largest city. (AP Photo/Narciso Contreras).
  • In this Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2012 photo, a Syrian civilian keeps vigil for his 8-year-old daughter as she struggles for life at a hospital after they were injured by an aerial attack by government forces in the Bab al-Neyrab neighborhood of Aleppo, Syria. Violent clashes re-ignited along the city's frontline while government warplanes attacked rebel controlled areas throughout the financial capital of Syria's largest city. (AP Photo/Narciso Contreras).In this Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2012 photo, a Syrian civilian keeps vigil for his 8-year-old daughter as she struggles for life at a hospital after they were injured by an aerial attack by government forces in the Bab al-Neyrab neighborhood of Aleppo, Syria. Violent clashes re-ignited along the city's frontline while government warplanes attacked rebel controlled areas throughout the financial capital of Syria's largest city. (AP Photo/Narciso Contreras).
  • In this Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2012 photo, a shocked Syrian civilian cries after arriving to a hospital injured from an aerial attack by government forces in the Karm al-Aser neighborhood in Aleppo, Syria. Violent clashes re-ignited along the city's frontline while government warplanes attacked rebel controlled areas throughout the financial capital of Syria's largest city. (AP Photo/Narciso Contreras).In this Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2012 photo, a shocked Syrian civilian cries after arriving to a hospital injured from an aerial attack by government forces in the Karm al-Aser neighborhood in Aleppo, Syria. Violent clashes re-ignited along the city's frontline while government warplanes attacked rebel controlled areas throughout the financial capital of Syria's largest city. (AP Photo/Narciso Contreras).
  • In this Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2012 photo, shows the destruction along a street in the Karm al-Jebel neighborhood of Aleppo, Syria. Violent clashes re-ignited along the city's frontline while government warplanes attacked rebel controlled areas throughout the financial capital of Syria's largest city. (AP Photo/Narciso Contreras).In this Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2012 photo, shows the destruction along a street in the Karm al-Jebel neighborhood of Aleppo, Syria. Violent clashes re-ignited along the city's frontline while government warplanes attacked rebel controlled areas throughout the financial capital of Syria's largest city. (AP Photo/Narciso Contreras).
  • In this Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2012 photo, a rebel fighter prepares to fire on pro-government forces in the Karm al-Jebel neighborhood of Aleppo, Syria. Violent clashes re-ignited along the city's frontline while government warplanes attacked rebel controlled areas throughout the financial capital of Syria's largest city. (AP Photo/Narciso Contreras).In this Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2012 photo, a rebel fighter prepares to fire on pro-government forces in the Karm al-Jebel neighborhood of Aleppo, Syria. Violent clashes re-ignited along the city's frontline while government warplanes attacked rebel controlled areas throughout the financial capital of Syria's largest city. (AP Photo/Narciso Contreras).
  • In this picture taken on Wednesday Oct. 31, 2012, a citizen journalism image provided by Lens Young Homsi, which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, shows buildings which were destroyed from the shelling by Syrian forces loyal to Syrian president Bashar Assad, at al-Qossour neighborhood in Homs province, central Syria. Syrian warplanes fired missiles at opposition strongholds around Damascus and in the north on Wednesday as Turkey, a key backer of the anti-regime rebels, appeared to distance itself from an earlier call to impose a no-fly zone. (AP Photo/Lens Yong Homsi)In this picture taken on Wednesday Oct. 31, 2012, a citizen journalism image provided by Lens Young Homsi, which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, shows buildings which were destroyed from the shelling by Syrian forces loyal to Syrian president Bashar Assad, at al-Qossour neighborhood in Homs province, central Syria. Syrian warplanes fired missiles at opposition strongholds around Damascus and in the north on Wednesday as Turkey, a key backer of the anti-regime rebels, appeared to distance itself from an earlier call to impose a no-fly zone. (AP Photo/Lens Yong Homsi)
  • In this picture taken on Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012, a citizen journalism image provided by Edlib News Network, ENN, which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, the bodies of two young Syrian girls, who were killed by the shelling by Syrian forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar Assad, lie on a hospital bed at Kfar Batikh village, in Idlib province, northern Syria. Syrian warplanes fired missiles at opposition strongholds around Damascus and in the north on Wednesday as Turkey, a key backer of the anti-regime rebels, appeared to distance itself from an earlier call to impose a no-fly zone. (AP Photo/Idlib News Network ENN)In this picture taken on Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012, a citizen journalism image provided by Edlib News Network, ENN, which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, the bodies of two young Syrian girls, who were killed by the shelling by Syrian forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar Assad, lie on a hospital bed at Kfar Batikh village, in Idlib province, northern Syria. Syrian warplanes fired missiles at opposition strongholds around Damascus and in the north on Wednesday as Turkey, a key backer of the anti-regime rebels, appeared to distance itself from an earlier call to impose a no-fly zone. (AP Photo/Idlib News Network ENN)
  • In this picture taken on Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012, a citizen journalism image provided by Edlib News Network, ENN, which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, a Syrian man mourns as he holds the body of a young girl, who was killed in shelling of the Syrian forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar Assad, at Kfar Batikh village, in Idlib province, northern Syria. Syrian warplanes fired missiles at opposition strongholds around Damascus and in the north on Wednesday as Turkey, a key backer of the anti-regime rebels, appeared to distance itself from an earlier call to impose a no-fly zone. (AP Photo/Idlib News Network ENN)In this picture taken on Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012, a citizen journalism image provided by Edlib News Network, ENN, which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, a Syrian man mourns as he holds the body of a young girl, who was killed in shelling of the Syrian forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar Assad, at Kfar Batikh village, in Idlib province, northern Syria. Syrian warplanes fired missiles at opposition strongholds around Damascus and in the north on Wednesday as Turkey, a key backer of the anti-regime rebels, appeared to distance itself from an earlier call to impose a no-fly zone. (AP Photo/Idlib News Network ENN)
  • In this Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012 photo, a rebel fighter belonging to the Liwa Al-Fatah takes cover as he aims at an enemy position from a school building during skirmishes with the Syrian army in the nearby Bustan Al-Pasha front line in Aleppo, Syria. (AP Photo/Narciso Contreras)In this Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012 photo, a rebel fighter belonging to the Liwa Al-Fatah takes cover as he aims at an enemy position from a school building during skirmishes with the Syrian army in the nearby Bustan Al-Pasha front line in Aleppo, Syria. (AP Photo/Narciso Contreras)
  • This image taken from video obtained from Shaam News Network, which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, shows smoke rising from the city following heavy bombing from military warplanes, in a suburb of Damascus, Syria, on wednesday, Oct. 31, 2012. Syrian warplanes pounded opposition strongholds around Damascus and in the north Wednesday, as President Bashar Assad's forces intensified airstrikes against rebels seeking to topple him, activists said. (AP Photo/Shaam News Network via AP video)This image taken from video obtained from Shaam News Network, which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, shows smoke rising from the city following heavy bombing from military warplanes, in a suburb of Damascus, Syria, on wednesday, Oct. 31, 2012. Syrian warplanes pounded opposition strongholds around Damascus and in the north Wednesday, as President Bashar Assad's forces intensified airstrikes against rebels seeking to topple him, activists said. (AP Photo/Shaam News Network via AP video)
  • In this Thursday February 25, 2010 file photo, released by the Syrian official news agency SANA, Hezbollah leader sheik Hassan Nasrallah, right, speaks with Syrian President Bashar Assad, left, upon their arrival for a dinner, in Damascus, Syria. The powerful alliance of Iran, Syria and militant groups Hezbollah and Hamas, once dubbed the "Axis of Resistance," is fraying. Iran's economy shows signs of distress from nuclear sanctions, Syria's president is fighting for his survival, Hezbollah is under fire by Lebanese who blame it for the assassination of an anti-Syrian intelligence official and Hamas – the Palestinian arm– has bolted. (AP Photo/SANA, File)
  • In this Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012 photo, destroyed buildings are seen along a desolated street in the Bustan Al-Pasha district after several weeks of intense battles between rebel fighters and the Syrian army in Aleppo, Syria. (AP Photo/Narciso Contreras)In this Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012 photo, destroyed buildings are seen along a desolated street in the Bustan Al-Pasha district after several weeks of intense battles between rebel fighters and the Syrian army in Aleppo, Syria. (AP Photo/Narciso Contreras)
  • In this Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012 photo, a Syrian woman is stopped and questioned by rebels at a checkpoint in the Bustan Al-Pasha neighborhood, the boundary of the controlled area by rebel fighters at the northeast limit of Sheikh Maaksoud in Aleppo, the Syria. (AP Photo/Narciso Contreras)In this Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012 photo, a Syrian woman is stopped and questioned by rebels at a checkpoint in the Bustan Al-Pasha neighborhood, the boundary of the controlled area by rebel fighters at the northeast limit of Sheikh Maaksoud in Aleppo, the Syria. (AP Photo/Narciso Contreras)
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BEIRUT (AP) — A new video appears to show Syrian rebels killing a group of captured soldiers, drawing condemnations from human rights groups who warned on Friday that the gunmen may have committed a war crime.

An anti-regime activist organization said the killings took place near the northern town Saraqeb, which has been the scene in past weeks of heavy fighting between rebels and forces of President Bashar Assad’s regime.

Human rights groups said they were trying to confirm the video’s authenticity. The footage was consistent with other Associated Press reporting in the area. The video is dated Thursday, a day when the Observatory reported heavy attacks by rebels on regime checkpoints at Saraqeb.

The video shows rebels bearing and kicking a group of captured soldiers, some of the apparently wounded. The soliders are not bound or blindfolded. The rebels then shoot them to death. The exact number of soldiers in the video not clear, but appears to be around 10.

London-based Amnesty International called the video “shocking” and said it may depict a “potential war crime in progress.”

A spokesman for the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights said it was examining the video.

“The allegations are that these were soldiers who were no longer combatants and therefore, at this point, it looks very like a war crime. Another one,” the spokesman, Rupert Colville, told reporters in Geneva. “Unfortunately this could be the latest in a string of documented summary executions by opposition factions as well as by government forces and groups affiliated with them, such as the (pro-government) shabiha” militia.

“The people committing these crimes should be under no illusion that they will escape accountability, because there is a lot of accumulated evidence, perhaps including this video,” he said.

On Friday, the Observatory condemned the killing of nearly a dozen soldiers at the Hmeisho checkpoint. Amnesty released a highly critical statement.

Rami Abdul-Rahman, who heads the Observatory, asked how rebels can demand rights at a time when they violate such rights.

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Associated Press writer John Heilprin in Geneva contributed to this report.

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