More protests over the torture of 13 year old by Syrian security forces

At least three people were killed Sunday as protests continued to rage in Syria in defiance of a sustained and brutal government crackdown. The latest demonstrations were galvanized by revelations that authorities had apparently tortured and murdered a 13-year-old boy last month near the protest flashpoint of Deraa.

Hamza al Khateeb a 13 years old boy from “Al Jeezah” or “Al Giza” village in Daraa province. His tragedy started when he marched with his family in a rally to break the siege of the city of Daraa. He was detained among hundreds of Syrian during the massacre of Siada.

After weeks of absence Hamza was returned to his family as a dead body on Saturday with scars testifying to the torture….bruises , burns to the feet, elbows, face and knees and his genitals removed. Family members said the wounds are consistent with those seen of victims of electric shock devices and cable whippings. The child’s eyes are also swollen and black, and both arms showed identical bullet wounds.

View You Tube video on the torture of Hamaza al Khatib

“People are really furious about what happened to Hamza and it is another indication that the secret police and authorities are criminals that cannot be trusted to carry out any reforms,” a source in Daraa told Al Jazeera. “It was the people of Daraa who started this revolution and the people of Daraa will not stop. Despite their anger, people are still insisting on facing this barbarianism with peaceful protests. Despite the tears in our eyes we are facing them with smiles on our faces, because we know we are right.”

Al Jazeera reported that after receiving his body, Khatib’s family was visited by Syrian secret police, who arrested the boy’s father. The boy’s mother said officers ordered her husband to say the boy was killed by armed Salafists, or ultra-conservative Muslims, whom Assad has claimed as being behind the unrest.

She said the secret police had warned her not to speak to the press, threatening, “You know what would happen if we heard you had spoken to the media.”

On Sunday, Syrian forces killed two people and wounded scores more on Sunday in the central town of Rastan, Reuters reported, quoting a witness. Troops backed by tanks encircled the town of 80,000 in the morning and began firing heavy machine guns in the streets.

“This is pure revenge,” the witness said, referring to thousands of protesters who demanded on Friday the removal of Assad in one of the largest demonstrations in the region since the uprising against the government erupted in southern Syria on March 15 and spread across the country.

Rastan, a relatively prosperous town in an agricultural region, is on the main northern highway leading from Damascus to Syria’s second city Aleppo.

At least one man was killed and scores were wounded later Sunday as tanks entered the town of Talibiseh near the central city of Homs, residents said, in a further indication that the government is continuing to expand the breadth of its crackdown.

Washington post has quoted unnamed US officials as saying that Iran has been sending trainers and consultants to Syria to help the Syrian regime in its brutal crackdown against the protesters .

The paper also reported that this is in addition to special equipment the Iranians sent to the Syrian authorities to help them in identifying and tracking down  the protesters that use Facebook and Twitter .

  • Elinjaim

    Al-Asad 40 years regime from Hafez to Bashar, father and son, has committed several crimes against
    humanity. In Hamah, Havez killed over 20,000 and thousands of Lebanese. Bashar has killed so far over
    a thousand Syrians and lots of Lebanese, many of them politicians. I keep looking for justice and can’t
    find it. Maybe God Almighty is reserving this for Himself.

  • Elinjaim

    Al-Asad 40 years regime from Hafez to Bashar, father and son, has committed several crimes against
    humanity. In Hamah, Havez killed over 20,000 and thousands of Lebanese. Bashar has killed so far over
    a thousand Syrians and lots of Lebanese, many of them politicians. I keep looking for justice and can’t
    find it. Maybe God Almighty is reserving this for Himself.

  • Anonymous

    Al-Asad 40 years regime from Hafez to Bashar, father and son, has committed several crimes against
    humanity. In Hamah, Havez killed over 20,000 and thousands of Lebanese. Bashar has killed so far over
    a thousand Syrians and lots of Lebanese, many of them politicians. I keep looking for justice and can’t
    find it. Maybe God Almighty is reserving this for Himself.

  • sam1710

    May those who killed that poor boy burn in hell, how can anyone torture a child! this is the most inhuman story i have heard so far, i am of syrian origin and it disgusts me that this has happened. Those animals who have done this must be tortured in the same way if not worse. I am so shocked to have reed this tragic story. May God help the poor boys family.

  • Anonymous

    May those who killed that poor boy burn in hell, how can anyone torture a child! this is the most inhuman story i have heard so far, i am of syrian origin and it disgusts me that this has happened. Those animals who have done this must be tortured in the same way if not worse. I am so shocked to have reed this tragic story. May God help the poor boys family.

  • nbill

    its so bad to wish harm on anybody even your enemy, but when you see the pictures of this poor kid, 13 years old.. Bashar F—ing Assad to be tortured and killed this way???? what was his crime???? I wish on those to did it and those responsible for that to have the same fate as Ariel Sharon for years and years….. God help his parents, they raised him to be tortured and killed by Bashar and his gangs…….!!! I say no way back because if the regime wins they all will see the same fate… down with those dictators and may they go streight to HELL.

  • nbill

    its so bad to wish harm on anybody even your enemy, but when you see the pictures of this poor kid, 13 years old.. Bashar F—ing Assad to be tortured and killed this way???? what was his crime???? I wish on those to did it and those responsible for that to have the same fate as Ariel Sharon for years and years….. God help his parents, they raised him to be tortured and killed by Bashar and his gangs…….!!! I say no way back because if the regime wins they all will see the same fate… down with those dictators and may they go streight to HELL.

  • Anonymous

    its so bad to wish harm on anybody even your enemy, but when you see the pictures of this poor kid, 13 years old.. Bashar F—ing Assad to be tortured and killed this way???? what was his crime???? I wish on those to did it and those responsible for that to have the same fate as Ariel Sharon for years and years….. God help his parents, they raised him to be tortured and killed by Bashar and his gangs…….!!! I say no way back because if the regime wins they all will see the same fate… down with those dictators and may they go streight to HELL.

  • Anonymous

    its so bad to wish harm on anybody even your enemy, but when you see the pictures of this poor kid, 13 years old.. Bashar F—ing Assad to be tortured and killed this way???? what was his crime???? I wish on those to did it and those responsible for that to have the same fate as Ariel Sharon for years and years….. God help his parents, they raised him to be tortured and killed by Bashar and his gangs…….!!! I say no way back because if the regime wins they all will see the same fate… down with those dictators and may they go streight to HELL.

  • Beiruti

    Hey all the pro-Hezbollah people one this site, how come i don’t see your comments showing pity for this kid. You guys only commenting on the Bahrain protests saying “injustice” towards Shiites and the innocents being killed in Bahrain. Bless the innocent people who were killed by these dogs, actually calling Bashar a dog would be a compliment. May the spirits of the 40,000 murdered in Hama help you topple this regime, Rest in Peace Hamaza al Khatib you are the hero of many kids. 

  • Anonymous

    Hey all the pro-Hezbollah people one this site, how come i don’t see your comments showing pity for this kid. You guys only commenting on the Bahrain protests saying “injustice” towards Shiites and the innocents being killed in Bahrain. Bless the innocent people who were killed by these dogs, actually calling Bashar a dog would be a compliment. May the spirits of the 40,000 murdered in Hama help you topple this regime, Rest in Peace Hamaza al Khatib you are the hero of many kids. 

  • Fauzia45

    What kind of men are these that commit such horrendous crimes?How can they torture and murder a 13 year old boy?What miserable sinners!!!!

  • Anonymous

    What kind of men are these that commit such horrendous crimes?How can they torture and murder a 13 year old boy?What miserable sinners!!!!

  • josephphdman

    this is the biggest evil crime that any one could commit in the entire world , the people who  killed this innocent angel boy they sure belong to the devil and they worship satin ; the rest of the world need to go after them and take them off the street .
    and the syrian people shall not  tire, shall not rest until they bring those killer to justice ,if it takes millions of syrians should go to the streets instead of thousands and look for those killers and should,nt go home until they  capture those killers.

  • Anonymous

    this is the biggest evil crime that any one could commit in the entire world , the people who  killed this innocent angel boy they sure belong to the devil and they worship satin ; the rest of the world need to go after them and take them off the street .
    and the syrian people shall not  tire, shall not rest until they bring those killer to justice ,if it takes millions of syrians should go to the streets instead of thousands and look for those killers and should,nt go home until they  capture those killers.

  • kareemthehippy

    Bashar in the Hague. Now.

  • kareemthehippy

    Bashar in the Hague. Now.

  • Anonymous

    Bashar in the Hague. Now.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_VAG4HPLOGKO6G6NAP6RR2KPX4A Tim Kaes

    we should boycott Syria and everything that comes from that evil nation. 

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_VAG4HPLOGKO6G6NAP6RR2KPX4A Tim Kaes

    we should boycott Syria and everything that comes from that evil nation. 

  • muhmed666

    These day-by-day horrors in almost every Arabic country on earth show that Israel is not what’s wrong in the Middle East, Israel is what’s right in the Middle East! 
    The Arabic people should use Israel’s democracy, as an example of freedom and development.  Tear down your dictators and  blood-thirsty leaders and start building real democratic regimes.

  • Anonymous

    These day-by-day horrors in almost every Arabic country on earth show that Israel is not what’s wrong in the Middle East, Israel is what’s right in the Middle East! 
    The Arabic people should use Israel’s democracy, as an example of freedom and development.  Tear down your dictators and  blood-thirsty leaders and start building real democratic regimes.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jolene-Dragland/514251895 Jolene Dragland

    What is wrong with the world? Horrible… 

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jolene-Dragland/514251895 Jolene Dragland

    What is wrong with the world? Horrible… 

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jolene-Dragland/514251895 Jolene Dragland

    What is wrong with the world? Horrible… 

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jolene-Dragland/514251895 Jolene Dragland

    So sad and horrible

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jolene-Dragland/514251895 Jolene Dragland

    So sad and horrible

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jolene-Dragland/514251895 Jolene Dragland

    So sad and horrible

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jolene-Dragland/514251895 Jolene Dragland

    So sad and horrible

  • Beiruti

    Hey all the pro-Hezbollah people one this site, how come i don’t see your comments showing pity for this kid. You guys only commenting on the Bahrain protests saying “injustice” towards Shiites and the innocents being killed in Bahrain. Bless the innocent people who were killed by these dogs, actually calling Bashar a dog would be a compliment. May the spirits of the 40,000 murdered in Hama help you topple this regime, Rest in Peace Hamaza al Khatib you are the hero of many kids.