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Jameel was born in 1995 in Al-Qaboun neighbourhood in Damascus. He lived in an ancient small Arabic house facing the neighborhood’s water tank.
Jameel was the breadwinner for his family, including his mother and three younger sisters. His father passed away in 2010, so Jameel was forced to work to meet the needs of his family.
Just like many free Syrians, Jameel called for freedom, justice and dignity. He participated in all the demonstrations in the Al-Qaboun neighborhood in Damascus. He contributed to the revolution by writing sings and banners that condemned despotism, injustice, corruption, and the fact that the wealthy of the country steal from the poor. He left his job to focus solely on his activism; fully dedicating his time, efforts and strength to the revolution against injustice and aggression.
Having investigated and detected Jameel’s activities and contributions to the revolution, particularly within the media, Syrian Air Force Intelligence detained him on 22 July 2011. He was detained for a total of 115 days. Upon his release, he told of his experiences, including the different types and methods of torture he was subjected to at Air Force Intelligence detention facilities. This included electricity shocks and tying him to a car tire. There was also psychological torture such as leaving him in isolation for long periods of time, public humiliation, and denial of food and water.
Despite the varying means of torture used on him, Jameel’s activist spirit was not quelled. He returned to doing his graffiti with even more energy and vigor than before. His main mission, for which he was killed for, was spraying the walls of the neighborhood with graffiti that called for justice, freedom and the toppling of the regime of dictatorship and slavery. He was clearly seen as a threat to Assad’s intelligence agencies because of his inflammatory artwork decorating walls all across the Damascus’ neighborhoods.
This video shows Jameel, writing one of his slogans. These include phrases like: “Freedom forever whether you like it or not, Assad;” “Bashar, You Are Going to Be Ousted;” and “Syria is Free.”
On the morning of 6 July 2012, while Jameel was writing anti-regime graffiti, calling for the downfall of Assad and bringing freedom for Syria, he was killed by a gunshot from Assad’s security forces. He died carrying the sprayer he used to call for freedom.
The body of Jameel is readied for burial and transport to the mosque.
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You can dream up all sorts of legal niceties, such as the Responsibility to Protect and establish all sorts of promising bureaucracies, such as a genocide prevention office, but that means absolutely nothing if you are not willing to act. The true measure of goodness is the commitment to action not words and hollow institutions.
Outrage will not spur the international community into action. What we really need is some in-rage.
The following crimes reported were all carried out by the Syrian regime forces during the killing campaign they launched on unarmed civilians. June is considered to be the bloodiest month, with at least 2,336 confirmed dead. This includes 203 children and 225 women. It averages out to roughly80 people per day. The statistics from June show that Syrian citizens have been subjected to the gravest violence at the hands of the army and security forces. The Syrian regime perpetrated a large number of massacres, in various Syrian governorates, and harvested the lives of dozens.
The enclosed link includes the documentation of most of the victims’ names, location, photos and videos. The diagram also illustrates their distribution throughout the duration of the Syrian revolution. Another diagram shows their distribution in Syrian governorates. We have been able to document 2,336 victims in June 2012 including:
64 killed under torture
151 military personnel
The link below includes the full report of all the names of civilian and military victims as well as most available details for each case. The first few pages include diagrams showing the distribution of victims across Syrian governorates.
The distribution of victims on governorates was as follows:
Damascus Suburbs: 512
Deir Ezzour: 220
Non-Syrian victims: 3
This is the data we were able to collect through the work of more than 200 of our members stationed in different Syrian governorates. They were able to document and verify the full name, place and time of death for each case. It must be noted that there have been many cases where it was hard to get access to such details, particularly where massacres took place. This is because it is standard practice during these massacres for regime forces to besiege the town and black-out all communications. Thus, the real number of victims is likely to be much higher than recorded. Additionally, the Syrian government denies all human rights organizations access to its territories.
SNHR and DCHRS hold Bashar al-Assad, the Syrian president and commander in chief of the Syrian army, responsible for all acts of homicide, torture, and massacres committed in Syria. He holds the command responsibility for all of these acts. All Syrian regime members and heads of the security and military forces, who are directly complicit in these acts, are held responsible. Further, all the financiers and supporters of this regime, which is committing massacres on a semi-daily basis and killing dozens around the clock, are also responsible. All these people must face severe consequences and implications stemming from these acts which they are responsible for.
SNHR and DCHR call on the Security Council of the UN and all member states to honor their moral and legal obligations by acting with the utmost urgency to undertake all necessary measures for the protection of Syrian civilians and to accelerate the process of referring all those implicated in the massacres to the International Criminal Court.
On Saturday 30 June 2012 in the morning, the Syrian regime’s security forces raided the city of Zamalka in al-Ghouta al-Sharqia to the east of the Syrian capital Damascus. They opened gunfire around 11:00 a.m., killing Abdul Hadi al-Halabi and injuring many others.
Zamalka residents then held the traditional funeral procession for the victims by marching to the Great Mosque. Security forces then wired a bomb to a car and put it along the path that the mourners would march along. When mourners passed by it, security forces carried out the explosion, killing at least 72 citizens and wounding 400 others in just a single minute.
A video filmed by a local that shows the car bomb blast just as the funeral procession goes by.
SNHR and DCHRS verified this information by contacting ten different local eyewitnesses. All ten of the eyewitnesses are still alive and can be contacted by any authority or organization. These eyewitnesses confirmed that security forces were deployed near al-Tawba Mosque where the car bomb was planted. In addition, Zamalka Revolution Committee published news, prior to the blast, noting that many suspicious cars had entered the city and that the security forces stationed at checkpoints had removed their uniforms and dressed in civilian clothing.
About 4,000 citizens walked in the funeral procession for the victim Abdul Hadi al-Halabi. They marched from the victim’s home towards the Great Mosque and as they passed the al-Tawaba Mosque at 6:40 p.m. the car bomb exploded.
Security forces immediately besieged the city. They denied medical aid for the wounded and killed a doctor, Jamal Tabranin, with sniper fire while he gave aid to the wounded. There is hard evidence that proves the Syrian regime did not give aid to the wounded rather they chased them down and killed them. Some of the wounded were transported to the city of Kafr Batna’s hospital al-Fatih Hospital. Security forces followed the transports, besieged the hospital and attacked both the wounded receiving medical attention and the doctors providing it.
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A video showing the wounded and dead inside a makeshift hospital immediately following the blast. The wounded are given treatment using only basic medical tools and without the basic necessities like sanitized areas to perform medical operations. Residents of Zamalka refuse to transport them to public or private hospitals because regime forces have threatened to arrest and kill them.
By a field visit to the site of the crime and by contacting relatives of the victims, SNHR & DCHRS have verified and documented the names of 72 victims killed in the blast. SNHR & DCHRS notes that there are lost citizens whose whereabouts have not been confirmed. This fact makes it likely that the number of victims of the massacre will increase.
The mass burial of about 80 victims of the car bomb.
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The International Community has long shifted its focus on Syria from supporting democratic transition to containing an impending “catastrophe,” to borrow Hillary Clinton’s term. But in both cases they remain unsure as to what needs to be done. That lingering uncertainty is exactly why catastrophe is fast becoming a self-fulfilling prophecy.
So, Jihadi groups are now operating in Syria. But the question remains: who let the dogs out? And whose party are they crashing? We see Assad and his militias pounding towns clamoring for freedom and arresting pro-democracy activists, but we are yet to see any serious effort meant to target these groups. Assad and his militias are clearly uninterested in weeding out Jihadi groups at this stage, because they ultimately serve Assad’s cause. Al-Qaeda and the Shabbiha, who are nothing more than the Alawite equivalent of Al-Qaeda, are two instruments of strike and control in Assad’s arsenal.
Today’s Death toll: 67. The Breakdown: the dead include 10 children and three women. 17 were killed in Idlib, 15 in Damascus (13 in Suburbs and 2 in City), 12 in Daraa, 7 in Aleppo, 6 in Homs, 6 in Deir Ezzor, 2 in Hama, 1 in Lattakia and 1 in Raqqah.
Al-Hubait Massacre| 30 June 2012 | 10 Children Killed in 10 Minutes
At 06:00 pm, the Syrian regime’s army helicopters fiercely attacked the town of Al-Hubait, located 77 kilometers from the center of the city of Idleb and near the city of Khan Shaikoun. Local activists and the families of victims were interviewed, both noting that the helicopters used heavy bombs. The regime’s army shelled the densely populated city deliberately killing 13 victims and injuring 35 people. In all, 10 children were killed within the first few minutes of the attack. There is evidence that the regime deliberately and systematically targets civilians with these seemingly random shelling attacks.
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Injured children from the regime attack are treated at the Kafr Zaita hospital in Al-Hubait.
Hameh Massacre | 26 June 2012 | 21 Victims in 2 Hours
At 02:30, Tuesday 26 June 2012, the Syrian regime’s army raided Al-Hameh city, located 12 kilometers to the west of the Syrian capital Damascus. The force included: tanks, armoured vehicles, at least 15,000 infantry soldiers, and pro-regime’s Shabeeha militias (from the neighbouring areas of Jabal Al-Ward and Al-Buhouth Al-Ilmya). This combined force shelled the city for two hours destroying numerous houses. They harvested the lives of twenty one civilians in these two short hours. Most of the victims were killed by army snipers. All the victims were buried in the Al-Sadat cemetery.
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Victims from the massacre on 26 of June in Al-Hameh. The attack was perpetrated by the Syrian regime’s army aided by pro-regime Shabeeha militias.
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Mahmoud Al-Ahmad’s Story: A Paramedic of Hama City
Paramedic, Mahmoud Al-Ahmad, locally known “Abu Hussein” was one of the most prominent paramedic among the volunteers who aided the wounded in the city of Hama. He was born in Hama in 1985. He leaves behind, a young child, a girl less than one year old.
Since the early days of the Syrian revolution, Abu Hussein took to the street as both a protester and a paramedic. On 3 June 2012, the “Children of Freedom’s” Friday, he received a gunshot that penetrated his chest. For treatment, he was transported to a makeshift hospital where he was treated and remained through recovery. He then returned to Hama as an avid activist.
He was persistent and worked hard, founding a makeshift hospital in the Mashaa Al-Arba’een neighbourhood, which was targeted by the Syrian regime’s army. This neighbourhood had the largest number of the wounded in the city of Hama during the regime’s army offensive.
Abu Hussein treated and aided hundreds of the wounded in the city of Hama. All locals speak highly of his good morals, loyalty and the invaluable aid he provided.
Abu Hussein documented, using a personal camera, the wounded whom he aided. He did so to show the world the crimes against humanity committed by the Syrian regime. The following are examples taken out of scores of videos he recorded in the makeshift hospital. SNHR and DCHRS have the original copies of these videos that have been uploaded to YouTube.
The footage below shows the wounded in the Al-Hamedya makeshift hospital, where they are supervised and receive treatment from Abu Hussein.
On 20 June 2012, the Syrian regime’s army and security forces launched an offensive on Hama city; they shelled the city continually for three days and isolated it from the whole world using a media and communications blackout. Numerous citizens fell victims and many more were wounded. Abu Hussein hurried to aid the wounded. While he was treating one of the victims a mortar shell, fired by the regime’s forces, hit them and killed Mahmoud along with the four citizens who were accompanying him while he treated the wounded.
In the video below, the location of the body of Abu Hussein, the paramedic of Hama, is shown. The heroic efforts he provided to the injured of Hama are un-matched.
Mus’ab Bard’s Story: A Doctor and Paramedic
Doctor and paramedic Mus’ab Bard, was tortured to death by regime forces for aiding civilians. He was the epitome of a medical hero.
Mus’ab Bard (1 January, 1992 – 14 June, 2012) was born in Teftenaz, Idleb, Syria. He was a student in the Faculty of Medicine, at Aleppo University. He came from an eight person family. He had three brothers (one is a doctor, the other an engineer, and the third a pharmacist), and two sisters (both are attending school). Mus’ab was always one of the finest students, garnering high achievements and the best grades, both in high school and in his first two years at the University. However, even more noticeable were his strong morals and values that were present in all his actions.
The young doctor became a part of the Syrian revolution protests in the city of Aleppo. He was also a member on a paramedic team that gave treatment and aid to the wounded. Mus’ab was detained in one of the protests on 6 September, 2011. It began as the funeral procession of Ibrahim Salqeeni, a respected scholar in Aleppo, who was poisoned by the Assad regime, according to his family. Mus’ab was detained for a month for the crime of attending the funeral and videographing it. After Mus’ab was released, he stopped attending protests and began a new task: aiding the wounded and rescuing the injured.
Once Musa’b took upon this new task he worked around the clock, serving the cause of helping humanity. He traveled with a small bag containing very basic and humble instruments to aid him in his work. He had many supporters and was well known by dozens of Syrian activist for this noble role which he acquired during the revolution.
On Sunday, the 17th of June, the Syrian regime’s Air Force Intelligence detained Mus’ab and two of his class mates, Basel Aslan and Hazem Batteek. The three were all returned dead one week later on Sunday the 24 of June. Their bodies clearly showed that they had been tortured and were badly burned. Mus’ab’s brother had difficulty identifying him due to the severity of the burns extending even to his hair. The doctors confirmed that Mus’ab had been tortured and burned to death. A bullet hole was also found on his body that indicated that the bullet had passed completely through his body.
Thousands of people held a funeral procession for the murdered medical students in Saif Addawla, Aleppo. The video below shows the procession.
The video below shows the burned bodies of the three medical students inside the coroner’s office.
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Mus’ab’s body was later tranported to Teftenaz, his birthplace, where he was buried.
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