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(05/07/2012) Tafes, Daraa, #Syria | Eyewitnesses: Dozens of missiles have fallen on the city causing a number of injuries. The Shelling stopped and violent clashes took place between the FSA and the regime’s army. A martyr, Ayman Abou Al Danaf, also fell because of sniper bullets.
Two injured Syrian boys who survived a massacre in Mazraat al-Qubair on the outskirts of Hama, central Syria on 7 June 2012 Photo: AP By Ruth Sherlock , Beirut and Magdy Samaan in Cairo 6:35PM BST 07 Jun 2012 This was the last time that Mr Hemary, 30, spoke to his brother before he was killed inside the family home in the Syrian hamlet of al-Qubeir on Wednesday. He was among 78 victims who are believed to have died in a frenzied onslaught in this village in a farming district some 15 miles from the city of Hama. The full horror of the atrocity was betrayed by bloody videos of mutilated children’s bodies and charred corpses. In a few hours, almost the entire population of al-Qubeir was massacred in what appears to have been one of the bloodiest incidents since the start of the Syrian uprising. Forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad were responsible, according to opposition activists. They said that regular forces were working in tandem with a pro-government militia, known as the Shabiha, recruited largely from Mr Assad’s minority Alawite sect. The regime’s troops began the attack on Wednesday afternoon with a heavy artillery barrage, said the activists. Then Shabiha militiamen entered the hamlet armed with sticks, guns and knives. They attacked homes and farmhouses, shooting and slaughtering all the inhabitants they could find. Mr Hemary and his cousin were among only a handful of survivors of the massacre. “I could see thick smoke rising from al-Qubeir,” he said. “I called my brother constantly on the mobile. He was hiding in our home. He told me cars full of Shabiha had come to the village and were attacking everyone and burning houses.” At 5.10pm, three hours after the attack began, Mr Hemary’s brother’s voice died away and he stopped answering his calls. Pushing open the door of his home several hours later, Mr Hemary found the bodies of his mother, three sisters and three brothers lying bloodied on the ground. “They had been beaten on the head by sticks and stabbed with knives,” he said. “I went to other homes. I saw family after family slaughtered by knives.” After the militia departed and al-Qubeir fell quiet later that evening, people from nearby villages ventured into the stricken hamlet. “I saw a two-month-old child without a head,” said Abou Hisham al-Hamouli, who lives in a village just over a mile from al-Qubeir. “I saw the burnt corpse of a woman. Her two children were wrapped around, hugging her. They died like that. There were two many burnt bodies.” Other eyewitnesses reported how the militiamen sang songs in praise of Mr Assad. A former soldier who joined the rebel Free Syrian Army said that he reached the village within hours of the massacre, but left quickly because Syrian government troops were still in the area. “I went into houses and saw children without a head, and others without arms. Some were burned and some were without eyes,” he said. There were only five known survivors, he added. The exact number of victims could not be confirmed, but people from the nearby village of Maarizab said they had buried 57 corpses. A further thirty bodies were missing and had not yet been buried, said activists. With almost no foreign reporters in Syria, the accounts of what happened in this remote farming village cannot be independently verified. The massacre comes less than two weeks after an atrocity in the town of al-Houla in Homs province, where eyewitnesses blamed the killing on the same Shabiha milita.
Tuesday, May 15, 2012 at 18:45 | James Miller in EA Middle East and Turkey , Middle East and Iran News in Syria comes fast and furious. The regime makes claims, the opposition makes claims, Russia makes claims, Iran makes claims, the Saudis make claims, and the media tries to sort it out. It is a challenging, often uncomfortable task. But “uncomfortable” or “challenging” are not synonymous with “impossible” and, frankly, sometimes the coverage falls far short of an adequate mark. Today is a notable. example. The morning was filled with confusion over a series of reports from activist, that suggested a United Nations convoy, and the protesters around it, were shelled by the Syrian military in the town of Khan Shaykhoun in Idlib Province. Initial reports suggested that at least one UN monitor was wounded. When video emerged showing the moment the convoy was hit , the narrative was not so clear. We speculated that it could have been some sort of explosive device, and not a shell at all, responsible for the damage. However, Reuters, having spoken with one of the monitors, said that shooting broke out before the explosion . Eyewitnesses reported that a funeral procession was fired upon by regime forces. The videos show the Free Syrian Army soldiers running toward the UN vehicle to help the observers, and many civilians were killed. But Al Jazeera’s report is not just murkier, it obscures what can be established. “Whoever started the violence”? Even before the reports about the strike on the UN vehicles, all the eyewitnesses said the regime did. After the attack, the UN observers sought shelter with members of the Free Syrian Army until reinforcements arrived. I’m pretty sure they know who is to blame for the confronation. There is no need for Al Jazeera to insert the question for doubt. The broadcaster does not stop there. Al Jazeera sees more evidence that the ceasefire is broken,and then seems to lay equal blame on the regime and opposition by saying “both sides” ignore the ceasefire “when it suits their purpose.” When it suits their purpose? The regime has never abided by the ceasefire, and now the Free Syrian Army is finally getting around to fighting back. Nor is Al Jazeera’s surprise warranted —- last week the leader of the FSA said that, after weeks of inaction and continued bloodshed, they would be renewing attacks. Al Jazeera’s reference to a ceasefire in place before this assault, and its neutrality slapped on top of how it was fractured, is sloppy reporting. “Neutrality” can lead to a faux objectivity that simply perpetuates myths , especially when it is a forced neutrality. Al Jazeera English is in the difficult position of facing accusations that it is anti-Assad. Its Arabic channel have had even more serious allegations leveled against it. The suspicion here is they are defending by airing on the side of caution, giving undue credence to the Syrian regime’s claims. The Syrian opposition has some serious credibility issues, even if there are many sources inside that opposition that have proven trustworthy. But the Assad regime has no credibility. When the evidence is considered, not just used as a prop for superficial balance, the story in Syria is a lot less hazy than some in the media portray it. CNN’s Anderson Cooper, who just visited the Syrian border, says it best: @ andersoncooper We can’t say we don’t know what is happening inside # Syria . People have died to show us the videos. We can’t say we didn’t know. @ AC360 15 May 12