Damascus Center for Human Rights Studies (DCHRS)

Regime’s Airstrikes Killed More than 50 Civilians in Kafrbatna and Douma


Statement about Kafrbatna and Douma Massacres in Damascus suburb

As the world witnesses many rapid regional and international developments, the Syrian Regime finds the opportunity to commit and perpetrate more crimes. The Syrian regime once again disregarded all the international charters and relevant agreements on protecting civilians during international conflicts. On Sunday 3 August, 2014, the Syrian regime perpetrated two massacres in Damascus suburbs using barrel bombs to continue its long string of airstrikes assaults against the armless civilians of Syria. This statement documents and condemns two massacres committed in the cities of Douma and Kafrbatna in Eastern Ghouta region, Damascus suburbs, Syria.

The Syrian regime perpetrated two consecutive massacres in Eastern Ghouta, which is still suffering from the aftermath of the chemical attack that took place on August 21, 2013. The Syrian regime warplanes dropped more than 2,000 Tons of explosive materials on Kafrbatna on August 3rd, 2014 which resulted in an atrocious crime against civilians, especially children and women.

Moreover, at about 3:00 PM on Sunday 3 August, 2014, the Syrian regime warplanes shelled a crowded public market in Kafrbatna; the attack resulted in 27 victims including three children and two women. In addition DCHRS documented more than 80 wounded, most of whom were children with critical conditions. DCHRS would like to indicate that all the victims who were killed in Kafrbatna market massacre were civilians. Furthermore, the targeted area had a civil nature “an open public market”.

The following are the documented names of the victims who fell in the Kafrbatna massacre:
1- Mohammad Saffiya, from Damascus suburb – Kafrbatna, killed by indiscriminate shelling of the Syrian regime warplanes.
2- Child Moaed Al-Kanji, from Damascus suburb – Kafrbatna, killed by indiscriminate shelling of the Syrian regime warplanes.
3- Hanaa Ataya, from Damascus suburb – Kafrbatna, killed by indiscriminate shelling of the Syrian regime warplanes.
4- Nu’man Naji, from Damascus suburb – Kafrbatna, killed by indiscriminate shelling of the Syrian regime warplanes.
http://youtu.be/rk4-lWGcOsI
5- Abdou Naji, from Damascus suburb – Kafrbatna, killed by indiscriminate shelling of the Syrian regime warplanes.
6- Mohammad Al-Assa, from Damascus suburb – Kafrbatna, killed by indiscriminate shelling of the Syrian regime warplanes.
7- Victim called Abu-Sbieh Marzouq, from Damascus suburb – Kafrbatna, killed by indiscriminate shelling of the Syrian regime warplanes.
8- Ghyath At-Tawil, from Damascus suburb – Kafrbatna, killed by indiscriminate shelling of the Syrian regime warplanes.
9- Mohammad Al-Iqili, from Damascus suburb – Kafrbatna, killed by indiscriminate shelling of the Syrian regime warplanes.
10- Hassaan Al-Qarout, from Damascus suburb – Kafrbatna, killed by indiscriminate shelling of the Syrian regime warplanes.
11- Mohammad Mustafa, from Damascus suburb – Kafrbatna, killed by indiscriminate shelling of the Syrian regime warplanes.
12- Ghassan Jam’iya, from Damascus suburb – Kafrbatna, killed by indiscriminate shelling of the Syrian regime warplanes.
13- Hatem Ghourani, from Damascus suburb – Kafrbatna, killed by indiscriminate shelling of the Syrian regime warplanes.
14- Ghassn Jomaa, from Damascus suburb – Kafrbatna, killed by indiscriminate shelling of the Syrian regime warplanes.
15- Bashar Mohammad Salem, from Damascus suburb – Kafrbatna, killed by indiscriminate shelling of the Syrian regime warplanes.
16- Yasser Abdulaziz, from Damascus suburb – Kafrbatna, killed by indiscriminate shelling of the Syrian regime warplanes.
17- Mahmoud Ballour, from Damascus suburb – Kafrbatna, killed by indiscriminate shelling of the Syrian regime warplanes.
18- Unidentified victim, from Damascus suburb – Kafrbatna, killed by indiscriminate shelling of the Syrian regime warplanes.
http://bit.ly/1pymrc7
19- Unidentified victim, from Damascus suburb – Kafrbatna, killed by indiscriminate shelling of the Syrian regime warplanes.
http://youtu.be/hIGrLJVeQA8
20- Unidentified victim, from Damascus suburb – Kafrbatna, killed by indiscriminate shelling of the Syrian regime warplanes.
http://youtu.be/68LU3a2A0iw
21- Unidentified child victim, from Damascus suburb – Kafrbatna, killed by indiscriminate shelling of the Syrian regime warplanes.
22- Unidentified woman victim, from Damascus suburb – Kafrbatna, killed by indiscriminate shelling of the Syrian regime warplanes.
23-27- Five unidentified victims, from Damascus suburb – Kafrbatna, killed by indiscriminate shelling of the Syrian regime warplanes.

The first moments following the massacre and victims’ body parts
http://youtu.be/17_r3_5e9UU

Other video footages of the massacre
http://youtu.be/17_r3_5e9UU
http://youtu.be/C5oHurY2Wkw
http://youtu.be/c0j7ZsxUrg8
http://youtu.be/kiJtHuoFbZY
http://youtu.be/Kua2gPqEkZY
http://youtu.be/9Jq9jhXv5Ds
http://youtu.be/nD8bd2g20Iw

Pictures of the massacre
http://bit.ly/1sk7MmU
http://bit.ly/WUWudr
http://bit.ly/1sk7PPE

Two hours after Kafrbatna massacre, the Syrian regime airplanes targeted “Al-Qouatli Street” in Douma – Damascus suburb with another airstrike. This street is one of the classiest streets in Douma and it houses thousands of Syrian residents and Internally Displaced People.

The shelling resulted in another massacre where 16 civilians were killed in addition to many unidentified dead victims. Also many were wounded most of them were children and women.

As a part the regime’s “deliberate” targeting policy, another airstrike hit the same location again as soon as people gathered to rescue and watch. Furthermore, the second strike targeted gathered civilians, medics, and the Syrian Red Cross medics, who rushed to rescue the wounded. The second strike killed 10 victims more to raise the number of causalities to 26 in total documented victims. Those victims included three medics, three children, and two women. Eyewitnesses noted that “this high number of victims was because the Syrian regime targeted the area with a second airstrike while medics and people were attempting to help and rescue the victims of the first airstrike.”

DCHRS documented with the end of Sunday 26 civilian victims in Douma in addition to two rebels who died during clashes after the massacre:

1- Taysir As-Sa’our, from Damascus suburb – Douma, killed by indiscriminate shelling of the Syrian regime warplanes.
http://bit.ly/1p2OBwE
http://youtu.be/RcaldYnTCm8
2- Child Mohammad Reda Al-Flietani, paramedic, from Damascus suburb – Douma, killed by indiscriminate shelling of the Syrian regime warplanes.
http://youtu.be/2YojT6Z2u98
http://youtu.be/gyj1x3TGgQg
3- Child Baraa’a Zayad Zanoub, from Damascus suburb – Douma, killed by indiscriminate shelling of the Syrian regime warplanes.
http://bit.ly/1lqm4w5
4- Child Mohammad Izzou Ar-Rhiebani, from Damascus suburb – Douma, killed by indiscriminate shelling of the Syrian regime warplanes.
http://bit.ly/UV0g4t
5- Anas Omar An-Nabulsi, medic, from Damascus suburb – Douma, killed by indiscriminate shelling of the Syrian regime warplanes.
http://youtu.be/jZfghYiV4po
6- Bassam At-Tabji, medic, from Damascus suburb – Douma, killed by indiscriminate shelling of the Syrian regime warplanes.
http://bit.ly/1ooHCxs
7- Ahmad Wahbi, media activist, from Damascus suburb – Douma, killed by indiscriminate shelling of the Syrian regime warplanes.
http://bit.ly/1o2HdkX
8- Mariam Ibrahim Al-Akra, from Damascus suburb – Douma, killed by indiscriminate shelling of the Syrian regime warplanes.
9- Nisreen Shaikh Ash-Shabab, from Damascus suburb – Douma, killed by indiscriminate shelling of the Syrian regime warplanes.
http://youtu.be/Co5SmsSHHUo
10- Abdulqader Tou’ma, from Damascus suburb – Douma, killed by indiscriminate shelling of the Syrian regime warplanes.
11- Mahmoud Tou’ma, from Damascus suburb – Douma, killed by indiscriminate shelling of the Syrian regime warplanes.
12- Ahmad Al-Bouydani, from Damascus suburb – Douma, killed by indiscriminate shelling of the Syrian regime warplanes.
http://bit.ly/1uYgNW2
13- Abdulmajid Baoura, from Damascus suburb – Douma, killed by indiscriminate shelling of the Syrian regime warplanes.
http://youtu.be/fQG9uzOzIx4
14- Mahmoud Mohammad Ali Taha, from Damascus suburb – Douma, killed by indiscriminate shelling of the Syrian regime warplanes.
http://bit.ly/1tKHVq6
15- Abdou Izzou Ar-Rhibeani, from Damascus suburb – Douma, killed by indiscriminate shelling of the Syrian regime warplanes.
http://bit.ly/1ooIbaB
16- Yazan Al-Hanafi, from Damascus suburb – Douma, killed by indiscriminate shelling of the Syrian regime warplanes.
http://youtu.be/EX1O2jQ9drA
17- Omar Yassin Ar-Raihani, from Damascus suburb – Douma, killed by indiscriminate shelling of the Syrian regime warplanes.
http://bit.ly/WUWjPd
18- Mahrous Sabhaiy, from Damascus suburb – Douma, killed by indiscriminate shelling of the Syrian regime warplanes.
http://bit.ly/1zLtFOg
19- Omar Mohammad Dalwan, from Damascus suburb – Douma, killed by indiscriminate shelling of the Syrian regime warplanes.
http://bit.ly/1pROaSu
20- Mustafa Tbajou, from Damascus suburb – Douma, killed by indiscriminate shelling of the Syrian regime warplanes.
http://bit.ly/1qTf4zN
21- Mahmoud Barkhash, from Damascus suburb – Douma, killed by indiscriminate shelling of the Syrian regime warplanes.
http://bit.ly/1qTf1Ut
22-26- Five unidentified victims, from Damascus suburb – Douma, killed by indiscriminate shelling of the Syrian regime warplanes.
http://youtu.be/e0SaSiJZ6MI
http://youtu.be/NOlhTHNosBI
http://youtu.be/ToagdK4e_fE

The following are the two rebels who were killed due to clashes after the massacre.
1- Belal As-Smadi, from Damascus suburb – Douma, killed during clashes with the Syrian regime army.
http://youtu.be/_xM0IC1Ft4w
2- Alaa An-Na’al, from Damascus suburb – Douma, killed during clashes with the Syrian regime army.

A doctor from Douma stated that all the victims and wounded were taken Douma hospitals and medical points in addition to the rest of Eastern Ghouta hospital where 70 cases who were injured by fragment have been documented, 22 wounded who need surgeries; most of which involve amputation in addition to four critical brain injuries.

Fir airstrike on Douma:
http://youtu.be/OXi2F1p9-G8

Destruction and body parts after the first airstrike on Douma
http://youtu.be/OV0B_0_5Z5E

Second airstrike on Douma
http://youtu.be/gmnDNf0K8zI
http://youtu.be/z3AgQsv5NXg

A missile falling on a gathering of people and medics who were trying to aid the wounded
http://youtu.be/01ahrMkLz1U

Video footage showing the massacre victims
http://youtu.be/e0SaSiJZ6MI

Targeting the medical teams and media activists in Douma
http://youtu.be/36RFcTJq0Xk

Video footages showing the search of victims and wounded after thw two aitrstrike that targeted Al-Qouatly Street in Douma
http://youtu.be/NOlhTHNosBI
http://youtu.be/Toagd4e_fE
http://youtu.be/S8nIV6kpw98

Destruction in Douma
http://youtu.be/ogxmQ9PPAQw
http://youtu.be/WMw3Z6G3Dxc
http://youtu.be/CPsAop5sWTg
http://youtu.be/ctko pwyLDH0

Panic and destruction at the targeted area
http://youtu.be/bpA4BkhGTtw
http://youtu.be/jjIhojQFNnE
http://youtu.be/g73MnZXju_k
http://youtu.be/ikGA8-Q91oE
http://youtu.be/yOrDPdbTm_0
http://youtu.be/KHe7smHCUqs
http://youtu.be/aFTybKC9t1s
http://youtu.be/Wce2q3Gf-rg
http://youtu.be/9bTXo6UCpFE
http://youtu.be/LjCzgQz-kr4
http://youtu.be/2iuwkG9zSm4

The international silence has given the Syrian regime the green light to continue the horrific massacres using various kinds of deadly weapons against the armless people. Tens and hundreds of victims are falling every day in Syria on the hands of the Syrian regime.

Furthermore, more and more barrel bombs are falling on the heads of civilians across Syria not to mention mortar shells, rocket launchers and other kinds of weapons. The Syrian regime is terrorizing the people of Syria and destroying what is left of Syria’s infrastructure while disregarding the international and UN Resolutions and conventions on protecting the civilians during armed conflicts.

DCHRS noted that the Syrian regime is adopting a new shelling policy by targeting civil areas intentionally and deliberately rather than shelling indiscriminately. Targeting civilian areas in armed conflicts is a violation that the regime is consistent in perpetrating while granting impunity. The massacres in Douma and Kafrbatna can be considered an example of the direct targeted strikes.

We, as a Human Rights NGO, condemn this blatant and explicit violation of the relevant international laws and covenants. These continuous attacks on civil and areas by the Syrian regime are serious desecrations of the International Humanitarian Law. The International Community should address these violations and improve its “responsibility to protect” policy.

Furthermore not only the commander and chief of this ruthless operation Bashar al-Assad should be accountable, also anyone who was part of the crime or participated in committing such violations.

DCHRS urges the United Nations and the Security Council to press on the Syrian regime in order to stop targeting civilians. The UN Security Council in addition to the international community should take immediate actions to protect the civilians in Syria from the deadly airstrikes that are targeting them on a daily bases.

Damascus Center for Human Right Studies
4/8/2014.

A statement prepared by the research team:
Mahmoud Abu-Zaid

Lawyer Osama Al-Madi

 

 

 

Images of Kafarbatna Massacre

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Images of Kafarbatna Douma

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Dr. Radwan Ziadeh, Executive director of the Damascus Center for Human Rights Studies.
Phone (571) 205-3590
Email : radwan.ziadeh@gmail.com

 

Mr. Mojahed Ghadban, Communication Officer.
Telephone (479) 799-8115
Email: info@dchrs.org

DCHRS is an independent, non-governmental organization, established in 2005, located in the Syrian capital of Damascus. Its mission is to foster a spirit of support and respect for the values and standards of human rights in Syria. As such, DCHRS recognizes and adheres to all pertinent international human rights agreements and declarations issued by the UN.

DCHRS is a member of the following international networks:

  • International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH)
  • Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Network (EMHRN)
  • NGO Coalition for the international Criminal Court
  • International Coalition for the Responsibility to Protect (ICRtoP)
  • International Coalition of Sites of Conscience (ICSC)

DCHRS worked on a variety of documentation projects. Such projects included daily casualty reports, massacre reports, and other human rights violations reports. Also DCHRS has been working on advocacy and lobbying in different human rights institutions in order to educate and acknowledge about the deteriorating human rights situation in Syria.. After the launch of the Syrian revolution, the center increased its activities through working, communicating, and coordinating with many members and activists. Thus the center began documenting daily violations committed by the Syrian regime forces that can be classified as crimes against humanities and war crimes. Such violations included: extrajudicial killings, massacres, arbitrary detentions, enforced disappearances, rape, torture in prisons. DCHRS opened local offices in Syria in order to document, collect, and observe human rights violations on the ground. DCHRS submitted those reports to many international and regional human rights organizations and communicated with the Report of the independent international commission of inquiry on the Syrian Arab Republic on Syria.