Maan massacre

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Maan massacre
Part of the Syrian Civil War
Maan massacre is located in Syria
Maan massacre
Location Ma'an, Hama Governorate, Syria
Date 9 February 2014
Target Alawite population
Attack type
Deaths 21–62

The Maan massacre was a reported massacre of Alawites in the village of Ma'an, Syria on 9 February 2014.


On 9 February 2014, rebels of the Jund al-Aqsa group attacked and captured the Alawite village of Maan, in Hama province, reportedly killing 21 civilians,[1][2] 14 of them women, during the takeover of the village, according to the SOHR.[3] 10 of those killed were from a single family. 20 pro-government militiamen were also killed in the attack.[1][2] State media described the attack as a massacre[4] and Syrian government sources claimed around 60 civilians were killed by the Saudi-backed Islamic Front,[5][6] most of them women, children and the elderly.[7]


The Nusra Front denied they took part in the attack, claiming another group was behind it.[8] The spokesman for the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, relayed that the Secretary-General expressed "great shock" over reports of the massacre.[9]

The massacre caused demonstrations against Al Qaeda, Al Nusra Front, and the ruling Justice and Development Party by the Alawite community in Hatay, Mersin, Istanbul and other Turkish cities.[6]

On 17 February 2014, the Syrian Army recaptured Maan.[3]

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