The title is probably long, but I want history to remember that during an “urgent HR meeting ” in Geneva, a massacre was committed by regime’s gangs in Zamallakah, Damascus’s suburbs. At least 75 civilians got killed whilst powers were discussing Annan’s plan, further dehumanizing all the lives being butchered daily in Syria. The whole meeting came out with one conclusion: we need a transitional government with individuals from the current Syrian government. In other words, Bashar Al Assad’s government is still considered a legitimate one despite the crackdown and atrocities being carried out under the supervision of the it.
Only when one thinks that Bashar Al Assad has shown us all types of atrocities and the means to commit them, a new massacre occurs and we are yet stunned and traumatized by how abysmal they turn out to be. Bashar Al Assad and his militias have not spared a single mean of slaughter they did not use in Syria, ranging from throat-slitting and torture to bombardment by chemical weapons, rockets, warplanes, and tanks.
Zamallakah is yet too different. Although previously protests were directly targeted by mortar bombs , the death toll just didn’t seem enough to regime’s militias, so they used an advanced mean similar to that terrorist Al Qaeda usually use: bombs planted in cars.
Since the early morning, regime’s security forces were ambiguously alert in the area, specifically on all the barriers stationed there. They then invaded the city and began opening gunfire at random, leading to the martyrdom of civilian Abdul Hadi Al Halabi and to the injury of several others. In the afternoon or a while before, civilians held the funeral procession of martyr Abdul Hadi. The mourners gathered in the street right in front of An Tawbeh mosque. As they began walking and stridently chanting, the car parked in the street detonated. The scene was indescribable as the ground was covered with blood and the injured civilians were moaning and screaming in pain. At least 300 civilians got wounded, many severely. 6 civilians have gone missing and no one knows anything about their whereabouts. Regime’s militias have not only purposefully intended to kill as much civilians as possible but have also denied them health care by killing a doctor who was on his way to Zamallakah to treat the wounded.
Because of the collective punishment imposed on the area, which includes the random bombardment and the siege, the basic needs are all extremely scarce. The lack of specialized medics and the dearth in medical supplies forced civilians to take the wounded to hospitals in nearby towns, such as Al Fateh hospital in Kufr Batnah. Yet again, regime’s militias surrounded the hospital, which was packed with civilians injured in the blast, and denied the injured the health care needed to save their lives. Many of the injured and martyred civilians were also taken to Arbeen town, which is located near Zamallakah too.
MOMENT THE EXPLOSION OCCURRED:
FIRST MOMENTS AFTER THE BLAST:
THE PEACEFUL PROTESTERS KILLED; BODIES SHREDDED:
CIVILIANS SEVERELY WOUNDED; SOME TAKEN TO MAKESHIFT HOSPITAL FOR TREATMENT:
CIVILIANS SEVERELY WOUNDED AND TAKEN TO ARBEEN FOR TREATMENT:
AT LEAST 27 CORPSES COUNTED IN ONLY ONE MAKESHIFT HOSPITAL IN ARBEEN:
The death toll is very much likely to be more than 80 as there are several corpses who have been completely mutilated and were found near the area of the explosion. They sure have not been identified. The exact number of injured civilians also has not been determined as the number exceeds the 300, some of which were treated in Zamallakah, and others of which were taken to either Arbeen, Kufr Batnah, or other nearby towns.
Despite the fact that the massacre must undoubtedly be considered a war crime aiming solely to kill as much civilians as possible, not a single condemnation was issued by any of the countries who were in Geneva’s meeting although the massacre occurred whilst they were discussing the “political solution” to “resolve” the Syrian plight.
Not sure what else to say… Should I deplore the massacre itself or should I deplore the world’s silence that caused it. Media didn’t even give much vitality to the blast and to the massive number of civilians who were killed that day; the overall death toll in Syria on the 30th of June exceeded 130 martyrs. Just compare the attention given to the shooting incident in France about a month ago to the attention given to these innocent civilians who are sacrificing everything for their and their children’s freedom. I recall how for at least 3 consecutive days, TV channels were buzzing with the shooting incident in France. Why was France’s incident given more attention? Are they more worthy? What is the difference between our martyrs and theirs? Aren’t all the martyrs who fell in France and are falling in Syria innocent? Eventually, I do not expect a world that did not sympathize with the ’09 war on Gaza to sympathize with us, but we are not giving up.