In a few hours, almost the entire population of al-Qubeir wasmassacred in what appears to have been one of the bloodiestincidents since the start of the Syrian uprising. A tiny Sunni Muslim village of about 150 residents . Qubair resident Laith Hamawi said his mother and six brothers wereamong the victims. He said he was about half a mile away in hisolive fields when he saw security forces and shabiha members. |
"They entered the town on four different fronts: Al-Majdalfrom the east, Maarzaf from the north, and Al-Tuwain and Aqila fromthe West," he said. "I was scared to move, so I hid." "We could smell the burning bodies." After the troops left, he returned home "I went to [my family] house ... it was all burned,I sawbodies everywhere. Entire families either shot or killed with sharpsticks and knives," he said.There were bodies of children andwomen everywhere," he said. A report from Al Arabiya, the Saudi satellite broadcaster, includedan interview with a man who said he witnessed the massacre.
A version posted to the Web by Syrian Translators, an activist YouTube channel . "I swear by God that Assad"s thugs burnt bodies andslaughtered families." "We moved away burnt bodies buteveryone who was over 30 was murdered and abducted by Assad"sthugs into unknown locations. One YouTube video purported to show the bodies of babies, childrenand two women wrapped in blankets and lined with frozen bottles ofwater to slow decomposition. Homs town bombarded by shelling According to the reports U.N.
monitors were blocked from enteringQubair to investigate the alleged killings. UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon called the massacre "shockingand sickening, according to Agence France Presse . He also said, "They are working now to get to the scene andI just learned a few minutes ago that while trying to do so, the UNmonitors were shot at with small arms." Mean while Syria's state TV said Thursday that armed groups killednine people in Mazraat al-Qubeir village in central Hama provinceon Wednesday. The TV, meanwhile, citing unnamed source denied as" categorically baseless" media reports that governmenttroops shelled and killed more than 80 people in the same village.
. The massacre follows another in Houla, near central Homs on May 25,in which 108 people, more than half of them children, were killed.
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