[The image is taken from a similar attack that took place in al-Qusayr, in December 2012]
August 29, 2013. Incendiary bomb victims ‘like the walking dead‘. A BBC team inside Syria filming for Panorama has witnessed the aftermath of a fresh horrific incident – an incendiary bomb dropped on to a school playground in the north of the country – which has left scores of children with napalm-like burns over their bodies. Eyewitnesses describe a fighter jet dropping the device, a low explosion, followed by columns of fire and smoke. Ian Pannell and cameraman Darren Conway’s report contains images viewers may find extremely distressing. – http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-23892594
The massacre took place at Oram al-Kubra in Aleppo’s countryside on Monday, at least 10 children and five adults have lost their lives while up to a hundred suffer from severe burns. The gruesome images were shot and uploaded by local activists soon after. For any sane person, the BBC report suffices. However, in a world where hundreds of massacres are imagined to be staged “and-or[!]” committed by the victims just to get on the news to advance the great conspiracy, it might not.
The following is a longer, local report:
“What do you need to see…” in English:
Survivors tell their story:
The BBC doctor in Arabic
An FSA fighter speaks:
Kamal Labwani of the NC and Zahran Alloush of Liwa al-Islam calling in:
Aftermath of the bombardment:
Some of the martyrs, may God have mercy upon them:
The massacre took place as the UN team was investigating the chemical massacre sites in Ghouta in order to determine whether chemical weapons have been used. No chemical weapons have been used in this massacre and its victims, many of them children, have not been gassed; instead they were burned alive by air strikes with incendiary weapons, but it hasn’t yet been confirmed whether this was napalm, phosphor or thermite and might require a UN investigation as well. HRW has already investigated four attacks before the BBC witnessed the aftermath of a fifth.
The Syrian military has used air-delivered incendiary bombs in at least four locations across Syria since mid-November 2012 according to interviews with witnesses and video analysis. Human Rights Watch is also investigating unconfirmed reports of the use of such weapons in other parts of Syria. Human Rights Watch has identified the weapons as ZAB-series incendiary aircraft bombs that release submunitions containing the flammable substance thermite. Incendiary weapons are designed to set fire to objects or to cause burn injuries. A total of 106 nations have prohibited the use of air-delivered incendiary weapons in populated areas, but Syria has not banned the weapons. – http://www.hrw.org/features/syria-incendiary-weapons-used-populated-areas
[The attack on al-Qusayr in December 2012]
Incendiary weapons can contain any number of flammable substances, including napalm, thermite, or white phosphorus and are designed to set fire to objects or to cause burn injuries. They are not chemical weapons, which kill and incapacitate by the toxic properties of the chemicals released. Incendiary weapons produce extremely painful burns, often down to the bone, and can also cause respiratory damage. The burns are difficult to treat, especially in conflict areas lacking adequate medical facilities, and the treatment itself can be excruciating. Permanent scarring and disfigurement can lead to social ostracism. Incendiary weapons also cause fires to infrastructure due to their broad area effect, which means they cannot be used in a way that discriminates between soldiers and civilians in populated areas. Since mid-November, the use of incendiary weapons has been reported in at least four locations: Daraya in Damascus, Maarat al-Numan in Idlib, Babila in Damascus, and Quseir in Homs. – http://www.hrw.org/news/2012/12/12/syria-incendiary-weapons-used-populated-areas
These weapons have been used against civilians in many other attacks besides the five so far confirmed, “Assad or we burn the country” is to be taken literally and more specifically as “Assad or we burn your children.”