"In the village of Zarzour in Idlib province, researchers found evidence of deliberate damage to the local husseiniya, a Shia place of worship, caused by opposition fighters in December. Its windows were broken, prayer stones littered on the floor, walls charred from flames, and what appeared to be the remnants of a burned prayer rug lay on the floor.
Footage posted online showed rebels celebrating their victory in the town as the husseiniya burns in the background. Residents of Zarzour, a predominantly Sunni village, said their Shia neighbours fled fearing retaliation for supporting the government.
In the Christian villages of Ghasaniyeh and Jdeideh in Latakia province, residents said that gunmen operating "in the name of the opposition" broke into and stole from churches in November. A resident in Jdeideh cited by the rights group said armed men had broken into the local church, stolen and fired shots inside, after government troops had fled."