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Rebel attack on Syrian Alawite village kills 40

Updated Monday, Feb. 10, 2014 | 12:51 a.m.

BEIRUT (AP) — Activists say 20 civilians, including women and children, and 20 village fighters have been killed in an attack by extremist Islamic rebels on an Alawite village in central Syria.

The death toll was reported as more details emerged about Sunday's attack, in which Islamic fighters overran the village of Maan in the central province of Hama.

Rami Abdurrahman of the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says 20 civilians, including at least six women, were killed, along with the 20 men who were defending the village.

Syria's state news agency, which reported the attack late Sunday, said the rebels killed 10 women.

Extremist Sunni Islamic fighters have come to dominate the armed uprising against President Bashar Assad, who is a member of the Alawite sect, an offshoot of Shiite Islam.