All victims were abducted by armed gunmen. According to investigators, they were blind-folded and had their hands tied before being slaughtered. Locals were first to locate the burial grounds.
The Syrian armed forces have been conducting an anti-terror operation in al-Qadam, as well as in the adjacent al-Aswad and al-Tadamun districts for a fortnight. They have claimed to have captured a large number of the Free Syrian Army militants.
SANA has recently reported that around a hundred Palestinian gunmen were detained in the nearby Yarmouk refugee camp.