Special statement concerning three consecutive massacres carried out by the Syrian regime within less than 45 hours of each other, in the towns of Tal Qarah in Aleppo Governorate, Talbisa in Homs Governorate, and Bosra ash-Sham in Daraa Governorate. As a result of these massacres, 51 civilians have been confirmed dead, including 34 children, and 10 women.
Women, Children and the elderly have been the victims of frequent attacks by the Syrian regime, which has used its unchecked air superiority to punish peoples in rebel held areas. The misery caused by such attacks is in clear contravention of international law. The regime often carries multiple attacks out in a day, across the country.
Tal Qarah Masscre in Aleppo, October 24, 2014
The massacres began in Aleppo Governorate on Friday October 24, 2014 in the village of Tal Qarah, situated to the north of the province, about 25km from Aleppo itself. Initially regime helicopters targeted a bakery in the town center at around 17:30 pm, which claimed the lives of 19, the majority of whom were children. Dozens of others received injures, and were taken to field hospitals to receive treatment. Meanwhile, ambulance crews issued appeals for assistance due to an acute shortage of medicine and medical supplies as the numbers of wounded rose, exceeding twenty civilians.
The Damascus Center for Human Rights Studies had documented 19 deaths during the Tal Qarah massacre by the end of Friday, October 24. Among them were 10 children, and 5 women. The names of two of the women and four of the children were unknown at the time of this statement’s release, as they had been buried, their bodies unidentifiable.
The known victims are:
– Fatimah ‘Abdo Salibi, aged 7.
– Ayah ‘Abdulfatah, aged 7.
– Shaymaa ‘Abdo Salibi, aged 10.
– Ameena Ahmad Kurdiya, aged 7.
– Nour Muhammad Sorani, aged 7.
– Alaa Musa Nayyaf, aged 5.
– Rayyan ‘Abdo Salibi, aged 8.
– Yussef Ali al-Hajjo, aged 4.
– ‘Abdurrazzaq Muhammad Wadi, aged 6.
– Muhammad Ahmad Nayyaf ad-Dibo, aged 10.
– Fatimah Ahmad ad-Dibo, aged 74.
– ‘Aishah Ahmad Zaydan, aged 40.
– ‘Aishah Mahmoud Salibi, aged 45.
– A woman whose name is not known, wife of Muhammad ‘Abdurrazzaq Wadi, aged 25.
– A woman whose name is not known, wife of Hussain Ahmad Deeba, aged 40.
Talbiseh Massacre in Homs, October 24, 2014
Around 20:45 pm on Saturday, October 25, Syrian regime forces carried out another massacre, in which MiG warplanes targeted residential districts in the center of Talbiseh in the northern suburbs of Homs, leading to the deaths of 7 people, and leaving many more wounded. The majority of the victims were women and children.
Regime warplanes used missiles to strike a residential building in the center of the city of Talbiseh, which is densely populated by families and refugees. A number of houses were destroyed with their occupants still inside. Rescue teams tried to pull victims from the rubble, with great difficulty due to the warplanes still circling overhead. As a result the death toll rose to 15 civilians, while the wounded were transferred to nearby field hospitals. Amidst an acute shortage of medical supplies, many locals donated blood for the wounded, whose number had risen to 22, all civilians.
By the end of Saturday, October 25, Damascus Center for Human Rights Studies documented 21 dead, including 13 children, and a fetus of 5 months, and 2 women.
The victims are:
– Tahani Hani al-Ashqar, aged 2 months from Talbiseh.
– Hajar Hani al-Ashqar, from Talbiseh.
– Moudi Hani al-Ashqar, from Talbiseh.
– Warda Hani al-Ashqar, from Talbiseh.
– Baghdad Mahmoud an-Naji, from Talbiseh.
– The 5-month-old fetus of Baghdad Mahmoud an-Naji.
– Haythm Hani al-Ashqar, from Talbiseh.
– Ahmad Hani al-Ashqar, from Talbiseh.
– Mahmoud Haythm al-Ashqar, from Talbiseh.
– Musa Haythm al-Ashqar,from Talbiseh.
– Yussef Haythm al-Ashqar, from Talbiseh.
– Manhel Haythm al-Ashqar, from Talbiseh.
– Yussef Mahmoud al-Ashqar from Talbiseh.
– Mahmoud ‘Abdulma’ayn al-Ashqar, from Talbiseh.
– Musa al-Ashqar (grandfather), from Talbiseh.
– Hani Musa al-Ashqar (father), from Talbiseh.
– ‘Omar Musa al-Ashqar, from Talbiseh.
– Khadija Muhammad Khalid Ta’umi, aged 46, from Talbiseh.
– Nayf Abu Musa al-Badaywi, from ‘Azz ad-Din, refugee in Talbiseh.
Bosra ash-Sham Massacre in Daraa, October 26, 2014
To the South of Syria in Daraa Governorate, in the city of Bosra ash-Sham, located to the south east of the province, the third massacre was carried out by helicopters, which targeted a residential building at 14:00 pm on Sunday October 26. The building was in the middle of the city’s eastern quarter, and inhabited by a family, along with a number of internally displaced Syrians. Helicopters of the Syrian Air Force targeted them with barrels filled with explosives. One such barrel weighed almost 500kg, and caused the collapse of a building located to the north, known as “al-Birka ar-Romaniya”. The building collapsed on its inhabitants, including women, children, and senior citizens, claiming the lives of dozens. Meanwhile more than 10 people were injured, all of whom were transferred to a field hospital in the east of Bosra ash-Sham.
By the end of Sunday, October 26, Damascus Centre for Human Rights documented 15 civilian victims in Bosra ash-Sham, including 7 children, and 3 women.
The victims are:
– Laymar Bilal ar-Radi.
– ‘Abdullah Bilal ar-Radi.
– Ahmad Mustafa ar-Radi.
– Minal Mustafa ‘Abdulkareem ar-Radi, aged 22, and her children:
– ‘Umar Ahmad Mustafa ar-Radi, aged 2 ½.
– Alisar Ahmad Mustafa ar-Radi, aged 1 ½.
– Muhammad Shakir ar-Radi, aged 49, and his children:
– Shakir Muhammad ar-Radi, aged 13.
– Hashim Muhammad ar-Radi, aged 16.
– Qays Muhammad ar-Radi, aged 12.
– Rawaydah Mustafa ar-Radi, aged 30.
– Fayz Shakir ar-Radi, aged 47.
– Kazim Radwan ar-Radi, aged 18.
– Mustafa Hamid ar-Radi, aged 75, and his wife:
– Raqiya ‘Abdurrazzak ar-Ray, aged 65.
Damascus Center for Human Rights Studies now appeals, as it has appealed in all its previous statements, for the international community and relevant international bodies – in particular the United Nations – to reaffirm its condemnation of such massacres. The Assad regime continues to commit human rights violations against its people, and has constantly disregarded international treaties and conventions for the protection of civilians in armed conflict.
The Damascus Center for Human Rights confirms that the Syrian regime has committed human rights violations in the three massacres, classified as “war crimes” under the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court, Article 8, section (a), clause (i), and section b, clauses (i) and (ii). These may also be viewed as “crimes against humanity” under the same statute, through article 8, section 1, various clauses. The evidence indicates an unending series of massacres perpetrated by the Syrian regime and targeting civilians in residential areas devoid of opposition fighters or building utilized by them. These take place at times when armed clashes are not occurring, suggesting that it is the intention of the regime to brutally target civilians.
It is a principle of the international coalition to protect, and by monitoring and documenting human rights violations in Syria, the Damascus Center for Human Rights Studies renews its appeals to the international community to intervene at once to stop the bloodshed of Syrian civilians – in particular that of women and children, who suffer most from the regime’s crimes. The Damascus Center for Human Rights Studies also renews its demands that all those responsible for these crimes be referred to the appropriate courts.
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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.