Reports of many deaths in Syrian village
Opposition activists in Syria say that Syrian security forces and pro-government armed groups have killed dozens of people in a village in Hama province. An activist in Hama told Al Jazeera that at least 70 people had been killed in al Qubayr village in the Marzaf area in shelling by government forces and execution-style killings. The activist said that Syrian tanks and pro-government armed gangs began shelling and attacking the village on Wednesday afternoon, killing several people. Armed gangs and Syrian soldiers drove into the village an hour later, executing some people in a manner similar to killings carried out in Houla last month.
At least 100 people killed in new ‘massacre’ by Syrian regime forces: opposition
Regime forces killed about 100 people, including many women and children, in a “massacre” in Syria’s central Hama province on Wednesday, the opposition Syrian National Council (SNC) told AFP. “We have 100 deaths in the village of Al-Kubeir… among them 20 women and 20 children,” said Mohammed Sermini, spokesman for the coalition, which accused the regime of being behind the “massacre.” Other sources also reported that a “massacre” had taken place in the same area, including opposition activists and the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which said 87 people were killed. The “new massacre” was carried out at a farm by the pro-regime shabiha militia armed with guns and knives after regular troops had shelled the area, the Britain-based Observatory said in a statement. “What is certain is that dozens of people died, including women and children,” the watchdog’s Rami Abdel Rahman told AFP. Meanwhile, activists told Reuters that some of those killed in the village were stabbed to death and that at least 12 bodies had been burned. Both Sermini and the Observatory urged U.N. observers to immediately head to the region to investigate the latest atrocity in Syria’s 15-month uprising against the regime of President Bashar al-Assad. At least 108 people were killed in a two-day massacre that began on May 25 near the central town of Houla, most of them women and children who were summarily executed, according to the United Nations.
Hama Countryside | al-Qubair Farm near Ma’arzaf Village | Details of the Massacre Ma’arzaf village lies about 20 km west of Hama city and 2 km south of the city of Mharde. al-Qubair is considered to be a residential area south of Ma’arzaf with about 25 houses where members of the al-Yateem, al-Farees and ‘Alwan families live.At around 2 p.m., 3 T-72 tanks moved from the direction of al-Majdal village and Aseela village towards Ma’arzaf and began shelling Ma’arzaf and al-Qubair, another small village whose residents are mostly from the al-Yateem family.
After about an hour, several cars and buses carrying shabiha (regime thugs) from al-Aseela village (which is a regime loyalist village) stormed al-Qubair and began destroying houses, slaughtering residents and burning their corpses.
Among the casualties is a woman from the Qastal family, who was killed with all her children 35 people from al-Yateem family were killed.
Some members of the ‘Alwan family were killed as a result of injuries sustained by the shelling, as the supplies needed to care for them were not available.
Knives were used to summarily executed many women and children.
Many houses were completely destroyed during the shelling by Assad regime tanks, Shabiha kidnapped the bodies of many men. At this point, about 78 martyrs have been accounted for and identified by name and some corpses were burned by the shabiha.
The UN monitors tried to access the area but were prevented by the regime and some of its “residents.”Three teams of observers from the United Nations monitoring mission in Syria traveled to the outskirts of the village of Qubeir, where the opposition says regime forces massacred scores of people on Wednesday. CBS News correspondent Elizabeth Palmer, traveling with the U.N. observers, says that in total three teams – from Damascus, Hama and Homs – were expected to try and get into the village in 11 vehicles, traveling in “waves”. One vehicle entered the village, which Palmer described as little more than a collection of houses, to assess safety conditions. Other vehicles remained outside awaiting the green light to enter. A contingent of U.N. staff was blocked from the village on Thursday by Syrian military personnel at checkpoints, and by mobs of angry locals chanting pro-Assad slogans and warning the observers that they would be met with violence if they entered Qubeir. Members of the U.N. mission tell Palmer that some observers were detained for hours Thursday by state forces.
HAMA, (SANA) – Several people from Mazraat al-Qubeir and Marzaf villages in Hama countryside narrated the horror and crimes which were committed by the armed terrorist groups against them, revealing the reality of the horrific crime which took place in their village last night as 9 citizens were killed with cold blood. In phone calls with the Syrian TV, Abu Hawash, a citizen from Mazraat al-Qubeir village, said that armed terrorists who had RPG launchers and PKC machineguns stormed the area and attacked children and women, calling on the Syrian army and law-enforcement forces to protect them from the terrorists. Another citizen denounced the bloody satellite channels which are counterfeiting the truth to serve their interests. For his part, Abu Mohammad said an armed terrorist group infiltrated to Mazraat al-Qubeir and killed 9 citizens, adding that after the crime took place, the residents called the authorities to protect them. F.Allafi/Ghossoun