1 Mar 2012 10:19 AM EST
-by Alex Mangini, Staff Writer; Image: Possible mass execution in Syria (Image Source: CBS)
A horrifying new report has emerged from Syria, as more than 60 Syrian men have been found shot to death, buried in a chilling manner indicative of a potential mass execution as President Assad continues his terrifying attempt to quell civil unrest.
The following conversation between CBS News correspondent Clarissa Ward and “Evening News” anchor Scott Pelley is one of the few accounts of the discovery, as many western journalists have found it increasingly difficult to gain access.
Many are left to cover the brutality from nearby Lebanon, as things boil over to increasingly vicious levels.
Scott Pelley: Clarissa, you've been talking to your sources in Syria. What are you hearing about this apparent mass execution?
Clarissa Ward: Well Scott, we've spoken to several activists on the ground in the city of Homs today. They told us that a large group of civilians was trying to flee the city and the relentless bombardment that is ongoing there. On Sunday night, apparently the group lost its way at a certain point and came upon a gang of pro-Assad gunmen known in Syria as the Shabiha.
The Shabiha then separated the women and the youngest children from the men. The men were then reportedly killed. Their bodies were found in a government hospital the next day in a neighboring village. And still no word, Scott, on the fate of the women and young children who were separated from them.
Pelley: Clarissa Ward, thank you very much.
More on this as the story develops.