Los Angeles Times
BEIRUT, Lebanon - A mass grave allegedly filled with the bodies of as many as 40 antigovernment protesters killed by Syrian forces was discovered Monday near the southern city of Dara, where a popular uprising began two months ago, according to activists and accounts from others.
Video posted to the Internet showed men in protective suits operating backhoes digging up bodies in an area southeast of Dara. The dead included women and children.
Inspired by uprisings throughout the Arab world, Dara residents took to the streets after the detention and alleged torture in March of a group of teenagers accused of writing political graffiti. The unrest spread throughout a country long ruled by President Bashar Assad and a clique of relatives who dominate politics, the economy and security forces.
As many as 1,000 people have been killed and 10,000 arrested in nearly nine weeks of unrest, activists said.