I have had this blog as a draft since the 10th as I was intending to write about Al Qubair massacre, which occurred on the 6th of June, and about the other massacres that followed on the 8th and 9th of June. But, as the massacres are happening every single day, I lost count of them. I could not remember the sequence, the names of all the martyrs, the videos and how each massacre occurred. They all are just the same, but the faces of the martyrs are altering: children, toddlers, elderly, women, Free Syrian Army soldiers, activists… They all are falling daily, sacrificing everything they have for this revolution to prevail at the least cost possible, but the “least cost” is history.
I don’t know how to start this post except by silencing a moment and praying that all those who got slaughtered and killed in these 2 weeks forgive us (and me specially) for letting them down and for not being able to do anything to save them. These massacred civilians, including children, sacrificed the most precious belonging anyone could has: his/her own life. It is not a probability that Syria will be free; we will definitely be free, but the question is: At What Cost? More than 15,000 civilians fell (although the death toll in way higher as there are many who have been buried in mass graves, dead in military hospitals, dumped in forests/farmlands, put in fridges of occupied hospitals, injured then kidnapped and executed, etc), amongst them more than 1,000 children and more than 800 women. Massacres since Al Houleh genocidal massacre have been consecutive. No room to grieve, to cry, to remember the beloved martyrs, to mourn them, to allow the pain to heal; there is no room for anything except burying the mutilated/slaughtered corpses of civilians and salvaging injured children and women from under their bombarded houses.
On the 6th of June, another massacre, purely driven by sectarianism, was committed in a small farmland that belongs to nearly 120 closely related relatives. Regime’s Shabiha (thugs) and loyalists from nearby pro-regime villages invaded it. Everything in the farm got destroyed. Animals were slaughtered, civilians, amongst them at least 22 documented children, got slaughtered too; at least 20 corpses have been reportedly kidnapped by regime’s loyalists after slaughtering them. The overall documented death toll is more than 78. The impoverished houses got vandalized then set to fire. Nothing was left in the farmland as one whole family and one whole area called Al Qubair was exterminated geographically. The videos are horrific; viewer discretion is advised.
Hama is always out of media, even when the most atrocious massacres happen on its ground. Many observers say that because the international community is fully aware that those responsible of the 80s massacre have not been prosecuted yet, the occurrence of another massacre in Hama will result in a “fierce reaction” from the international community. Hama will not be given the attention it deserves no matter how hard civil committees try and no matter how horrendously dreadful the massacres there are. There are up to 500 activists on the ground of Hama, amongst them at least 15 media activists who are ready to speak anytime anywhere as long as they have an internet connection. Up to 30 videos are uploaded from Hama province every single day. The situation in Hama is not any better than Homs or any other disaster-stricken, besieged province: poverty is there, lack of medicine, food, and shelter is there, refugees are there… Therefore, the problem is definitely not the activists on ground nor the not-so-catastrophic situation Hama is in, but the fact that no one wants Bashar Al Assad to be toppled, not even the politicized media, amongst them Al Jazeera and Al Arabiya, who many think that they actually are fully siding with us in our plight. A Hama-based activist, whose name I will not mention, said in an Arabic status he posted yesterday on his Facebook page: [note that the status is an Arabic and the following is an excerpt from it]
“I try to convince myself every single time that Al Jazeera, Al Arabiya, and the rest of the TV channels are actually siding with us and that the problem is from our side because we probably do not have enough activists to report to them the news…
But in fact, after we kissed the hands of Al Arabiya and Al Jazeera that they began reporting the news of us being bombarded by all types of weapons… Even during Al Qubair massacre, although we pre-informed them that the farm is besieged, the massacre occurred, and the news of it only came out at 12:00 a.m. short report at midnight.”
The massacre that followed was committed in Talbiseh, Homs, on the 7th of June. It all began when a number of soldiers defected from the regime’s army and took refuge in the city of Talbiseh, which is about 10 KMs away from Homs city. Regime’s gangs surrounding the city and began opening some very heavy gunfire using heavy machine guns. Moments passed, and the sounds of mortars and tanks joined the sounds of gunfire that targeted every single thing: civilians, streets, and houses. Helicopters and warplanes also aided in the bombardment. At least 4 civilians got martyred, amongst them a child not more than 10 years of age. Regime’s militias also set fire to the farmlands surrounding the city. Many civilians fled the area only with the clothes they have on as the journey is extremely difficult. Those who had their houses bombarded and destroyed literally had nowhere to go. Many of them still are refugees up to this day. Do note that the city is bombarded daily and it does not need a defection to ignite such a maniac military campaign.
On the 8th of June, Homs had the massacre yet again in its province, specifically in Al Qusair city. Since the early morning, the regime’s militias began bombarding the city using all types of weapons, including mortars, tanks, and even helicopters and warplanes. 2 martyrs fell that day and up to 30 civilians were injured, most of which were children. Two of the children wounded were reportedly clinically dead as the injuries they sustained were in their heads. One of the injured girls lost her eye by the shelling. The situation was extremely miserable as the city lacked the most basic medical aid that could be offered to these wounded civilians. The videos unravel how severe the injuries of these children were. They can be seen, crying in pain and fear.
The 9th of June witnessed the occurrence of 5 massacres in 4 provinces. Al Haffeh city, which is located in Lattakia province and is surrounded by pro-regime villages, got subjected to some extremely fierce mortar bomb shelling carried out by both regime’s loyalists and security forces. They also opened gunfire heavily, targeting the city indiscriminately. 14 martyrs fell in the city solely, but not much media attention was given to it as it is strategically important and proves that even the provinces Bashar Al Assad thinks his loyalists and “people” dominate are in actuality oppose-ers to him and to his atrocious reign. In one of the videos to be uploaded down, an activist was filming himself as he beseeched the UN observers in the early morning hours of the 9th of June to come to Al Haffeh city and witness by themselves the random bombardment and the horrendous injuries many civilians sustained, but the UN observers did not come that day. In Daraa, regime’s militias cut off electricity and stationed their snipers on high rooftops. They then began to hysterically bombard the city as snipers targeted everyone they spotted in streets. Because blood bags were not available and the medical supplies were scarce, at least 18 civilians got martyred that day, many of them martyred after succumbing to their wounds. Ma’aret Al No’man city, located in Idlib province, was targeted by the heavy bombardment in these continuous military campaigns targeting innocent, unarmed civilians. Mortars and tanks indiscriminately aimed at houses and led to the martyrdom of at least 13 civilians. Homs province, where 2 of the massacres occurred, had 20 of its civilians martyred. Regime’s militias targeted the city of Talbiseh by mortars, tanks, and helicopters as the forces on ground burnt down the farmlands surrounding the city. In the besieged city of Homs itself, Al Khaldeye neighbourhood was hammered by mortar bombs that led to the destruction of many houses and the injury of many civilians as well. The infrastructure of Al Khaldeye district is nearly totally destroyed as most of the buildings are either partially or completely destroyed. The same obstacles faced by the rest of the provinces were faced by Homs city too as yet again, the lack of the needed medical supplies and first aid led to the martyrdom of more civilians whose wounds required an immediate, life-saving, and advanced medical treatment that is available in none of the provinces/cities mentioned above.
* AL HAFFEH videos:
* DARAA videos:
* MA’ARET AL NO’MAN videos:
*HOMS, TALBISEH videos:
*HOMS, AL KHALDEYE DISTRICT videos:
On the 11th of June, 5 other massacres were committed in 3 provinces, Idlib, Hama, and Deir Al Zor. More than 33 martyrs fell as a horrendously savage military campaign was carried out in Sahel Al Ghab and nearby areas located in Idlib’s suburbs, which are very close to Hama’s suburbs too. Regime’s militias also extrajudically executed civilians in farmlands and fields then dumped their corpses there. The military campaign also targeted nearby Hama’s suburbs as aforementioned, specifically the areas of Qastoon and the villages near it. Mortar bombs and tank shells hammered these areas and directly targeted impoverished residential houses, leading to the destruction of many of them. In Al Asharah city located in Deir Al Zor province, a bomb planted by regime’s security forces in a parked car detonated, leading to the martyrdom of 6 civilians. Regime’s militias cut off all the streets in the area except the one where the blast occurred; afterwards, a car ambiguously parked in the street and the driver manned up and rapidly ran away, then the car exploded. The fact that the regime’s militias wanted a concentration of passerby and civilian cars in the street targeted shows that they were intending to kill the highest number of civilians possible. In the same province but in Deir Al Zor city itself, a protest came in Al Jbayleh district and got directly targeted by a mortar bomb. Instantly, 25 civilians were martyred, many of which were shredded into flesh because of the impact of the blast. At least 100 other civilians got wounded.
IDLIB, MA’ARET AL NO’MAN videos:
*DEIR AL ZOR, AL JBAYLEH DISTRICT videos:
The massacres are not over yet. Up till today, the day I was so determined to write this blog to just summarize to you what has been occurring to us, the massacres still are ongoing. 100 martyrs fell today, more than 25 in my own city Homs. We have nothing left but to fight for our justified rights. Bashar Al Assad and his loyalists think that such massacres will let the people down and force them to surrender and bow down to him, but he is wrong. My people will not give up no matter how deaf the world is and no matter how hard Russia, China, Hezballah, Iran, Assad, and the world neglect our plight. When the revolution commenced, it commenced without the attention of the world and without the intention to gain any. And here we are now, a year and 3 months ahead, still fighting tirelessly for our rights despite the military campaigns, the torture, and the countless number of martyrs falling every day. During nearly every revolution in the “Arab Spring”, a city was called a Fallujah: in Libya it was Misurata, in Yemen it was Taez… But in Syria, every foot in it is a Fallujah.