Published on June 26th, 2012 | by Impunity Watch Archive0
Syrian Network for Human Rights: Salah Addein, Inkhel, and Douma Massacres
Salah Addein Massacre | 22 June 2012
Following prayer on Friday, the Salah Addein neighbourhood residents took to the streets in protests. The largest of the march groups walked from the mosques of Bilal and Al-Nasir Salah Addein.
The protesters marched while chanting slogans condemning the homicides perpetrated against the Syrian people. They demanded the toppling of the Syrian regime and made calls for freedom and dignity for the Syrian people.
Suddenly, four armoured vehicles, affiliated with the regime’s army, arrived and opened machinegun fire at the protesters. They killed eight within the first few minutes, and proceeded to target anyone who tried to aid them. Paramedics and locals confirmed that most of the gunshots were to the head and the chest.
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Bodies of a father and son who were victims of the massacre. The son is 15 years old, his father was killed as he tried to treat his dying son.
Inkhel Massacre | 21 June 2012
The Syrian regime 15th brigade shelled the city of Inkhel, in the Daraa governorate to the south of Syria, around 5:00 a.m. for three continual hours. The shelling killed six citizens and injured many others. Those critically injured are now in danger as there is a severe medical supplies shortage.
The events of Inkhel followed the pattern of all the earlier massacres. First came random shelling in order to terrorize the residents, then the regime’s army began a land incursion with tanks surrounding the city and armoured vehicles raiding the area using large numbers of infantry, security forces, and snipers.
Next came the house raids during which extra judicial executions were carried out against three citizens. Four others were slaughtered with knives, in a manner similar to the massacres in Idleb and Homs which were duly documented earlier. In addition, snipers stationed in the city killed two and injured at least thirteen others.
Around 10:00 a.m., once the shelling and raids were over, the residents prepared the victims for burial. As the funeral procession was heading to the cemetery, the army and security forces killed three of the mourners. This additional monstrous act was done because the mourning families chanted anti-regime slogans due to the rage they felt over the deaths of their family members. These final killings make the death toll of the massacre stand at 18 victims, including one woman.
Houses are destroyed from the shelling attacks that began the Inkhel massacre.
Douma Massacre | 21 June 2012
In its constant attempts to crush the revolution and its strongholds, the Syrian regime sent dozens of tanks and an estimated 7,000 troops of military reinforcements to the city of Douma, just east of Damascus. The shelling started around 9:00 am and lated until late at night. The city came under shelling from all directions due to the circular position of tanks. Near Mesraba Bridge, in the southern area the city, no less than 25 tanks were stationed. In addition, heavy artillery, positioned a ways from the city, also participated in the shelling. The heavy artillery was positioned inside the vehicles administration department, affiliated with the Syrian army, and near Dahiyet al-Assad bridge, to the west of Douma.
Various types of weaponry and ammunition were used ranging from mortar shells to 1.5 meter-long rockets which helps to explain the large number of casualties and wounded. Thirty-four people were killed in this horrific massacre including three bodies that were completely burned due to artillery shelling. Moreover, no less than 135 were wounded, including nine who were in very critical conditions. Further, a very large exodus was observed in the area, with an estimated 150,000 people fleeing the city. Those residents who remained sought refuge in basements and shelters.
Shelling was concentrated on the neighbourhoods of Al-Masaken, Al-Humeira, the perimeter of the Great Mosque, and even reached the Al-Hijariya neighbourhood.
A state of panic and terror prevailed, particularly among the children, as helicopters hovered over the city. In the meantime, the Syrian government also cut off the water and power supplies as well as all communications. Medical services and supplies were extremely scarce due to the regime’s forces surrounding the city and preventing wounded people from leaving; as well as doctors from entering the city.
We have been able to document 34 victims by collecting their names and filming a video for each victim. The victims include Mohammad Al-Nabulsi, a paramedic of Douma, who was killed while trying to rescue some of the wounded people. Also among the casualties were a young woman and a Palestinian young man.
Muhammad Ahmad al-Nabulsi, a paramedic volunteer. He was killed by a mortar while treating the wounded.
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