In Syria, the Moslem Brotherhood accused of a massacre of military cadets at Aleppo had denied responsibility.
In Syria, the Moslem Brotherhood accused of a massacre of military cadets at Aleppo had denied responsibility. At least fifty cadets were killed and many wounded in the June sixteenth attack at an artillery school in the northern city. The Aleppo incident, officially blamed on the extremist brotherhood, was the bloodiest in a series of assassinations and acts of violence which have shaken Syria in the past two years. But in a statement on Monday (25 June) the group said: "The brotherhood condemns such methods to solve political differences. Islam disassociates itself from such deeds."
SYNOPSIS: The Syrian government has alleged that a dissident army officer ordered the massacre at Aleppo. Reuters News Agency called the incident the most serious challenge to the Syrian leadership since President Hafez Al-Assad came to power in a bloodless coup. And diplomatic sources report the Syrian leadership is alarmed because the accused officer was a respected member of the ruling Baath party.
The hospital at Aleppo is still treating the wounded. The official death toll was 32 on Sunday (24 June) but informed sources said 18 cadets later died of wounds.
Most of the victims belong to the minority Alawites, a Shi'ite sect of Islam. Syria's most prominent Alawite is President Assad. The sect makes up only fifteen percent of the Syrian population but its members hold almost all key posts in the army, the government and the Baath party. A number of arrests have been made during the intensive hunt for the Aleppo killers.
Informed Beirut sources, familiar with the secret world in which the Moslem Brotherhood moves, report the group wants to launch an uprising to topple the Syrian government. They say the campaign against the Socialist government of Syria has been stepped up after a congress of the group's leaders in West Germany and that the brotherhood aims to install a right-wing military government more representative of the Sunni Moslem majority.