Tank-backed troops kill 8 Syrian protesters in rural Homs

At least eight civilians were killed when Syrian forces attacked towns and villages near the city of Homs, which have seen growing pro-democracy demonstrations, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

The Observatory said on Sunday it had the names of the eight, who were killed in and around the towns of Talbiseh and Rastan in rural Homs, where tank-backed troops and security forces deployed in a widened military campaign to crush dissent against President Bashar al-Assad, with protests entering their 11th week.

Hamza al Khateeb

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 Daraa.

Hamza al Khateeb a 13 years old boy from “Al Jeezah” or “Al Giza” village in Daraa province marched with his family in a rally to break the siege of the city of Daraa last month . 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.

“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.”

Reuters, Ya Libnan

  • Patience2

    Remember, somewhere there’s a Hyena, Laughing …..

  • Anonymous

    Remember, somewhere there’s a Hyena, Laughing …..

  • Anonymous

    Remember, somewhere there’s a Hyena, Laughing …..

  • george_shalhoub

    Nassrallah how dare you support the Syrian regime. Oh how stupid of me they’re as thugs and criminals as you are.. You damn pig and monster

    • kareemthehippy

      Hear, hear!

  • Anonymous

    Nassrallah how dare you support the Syrian regime. Oh how stupid of me they’re as thugs and criminals as you are.. You damn pig and monster

    • Anonymous

      Hear, hear!

  • kareemthehippy

    I really hope this ends soon and we see a comfortable transformation into a good Syrian government that can be a good ally with Lebanon…without having their soldiers on their soil.  Once the Palestinians have their true justice, the same can be done with Israel. Imagine that. The unfortunate reality is that many people are saying “it’s just a minority” in Syria and it’s just the “poor” protesting…well I mean, why would you protest if you’re financially secure? if you want to leave, you simply can and emigrate lol.

    All these revolutions will benefit Lebanon..long term. Short term it may lead to perpetual chaos..but we’ll see.

    I just hope people stop getting killed and tortured in Syria. It’s getting absurd.  Also, isn’t it interesting how the US not intervening in Syria but in Libya shows that it really isn’t all for human rights in its foreign policy interests but its economical interests?

    • 5thDrawer

      Yah, yah … but if the USA did, then you’d blame them for intervening … and although we know the USA is often about despicable ‘Big Business’, most of the propaganda against them is because of fear their ‘freedom’ might become desired.
      And the tortures in Syria are more than absurd … especially when visited upon children in this way.
      Chaos reins already …

      • kareemthehippy

        Fear of freedom might be desired? You’re having a laugh. 

        Torture is absurd whether it’s Guantanamo by the criminal Rumsfeld or if it’s by the other criminal Bashar.  So I wouldn’t say one is more benign than the other. 

        Chaos has has reigned alot longer than you think, but it’s not just Iran and Syria that’s part of it. It’s the country which supposedly wants the freedom of others..when in reality all this is spewed propagandistic nonsense..the real motives of Iran and the US are both their economic prosperity and the maximization of their political influence globally. 

      • there’s more than one way to skin a cat….Meaning he US can help the syrians without resorting to military intervention and occupation,  I mean they have considerable influence  over Syrias neighbours like Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Israel, Iraq and Turkey. It is not too late to use a diplomatic solution to resolve this problem and get rid of Asaad before it gets out of hand.

  • kareemthehippy

    I really hope this ends soon and we see a comfortable transformation into a good Syrian government that can be a good ally with Lebanon…without having their soldiers on their soil.  Once the Palestinians have their true justice, the same can be done with Israel. Imagine that. The unfortunate reality is that many people are saying “it’s just a minority” in Syria and it’s just the “poor” protesting…well I mean, why would you protest if you’re financially secure? if you want to leave, you simply can and emigrate lol.

    All these revolutions will benefit Lebanon..long term. Short term it may lead to perpetual chaos..but we’ll see.

    I just hope people stop getting killed and tortured in Syria. It’s getting absurd.  Also, isn’t it interesting how the US not intervening in Syria but in Libya shows that it really isn’t all for human rights in its foreign policy interests but its economical interests?

    • 5thDrawer

      Yah, yah … but if the USA did, then you’d blame them for intervening … and although we know the USA is often about despicable ‘Big Business’, most of the propaganda against them is because of fear their ‘freedom’ might become desired.
      And the tortures in Syria are more than absurd … especially when visited upon children in this way.
      Chaos reins already …

  • Anonymous

    I really hope this ends soon and we see a comfortable transformation into a good Syrian government that can be a good ally with Lebanon…without having their soldiers on their soil.  Once the Palestinians have their true justice, the same can be done with Israel. Imagine that. The unfortunate reality is that many people are saying “it’s just a minority” in Syria and it’s just the “poor” protesting…well I mean, why would you protest if you’re financially secure? if you want to leave, you simply can and emigrate lol.

    All these revolutions will benefit Lebanon..long term. Short term it may lead to perpetual chaos..but we’ll see.

    I just hope people stop getting killed and tortured in Syria. It’s getting absurd.  Also, isn’t it interesting how the US not intervening in Syria but in Libya shows that it really isn’t all for human rights in its foreign policy interests but its economical interests?

    • Anonymous

      Yah, yah … but if the USA did, then you’d blame them for intervening … and although we know the USA is often about despicable ‘Big Business’, most of the propaganda against them is because of fear their ‘freedom’ might become desired.
      And the tortures in Syria are more than absurd … especially when visited upon children in this way.
      Chaos reins already …

      • Anonymous

        Fear of freedom might be desired? You’re having a laugh. 

        Torture is absurd whether it’s Guantanamo by the criminal Rumsfeld or if it’s by the other criminal Bashar.  So I wouldn’t say one is more benign than the other. 

        Chaos has has reigned alot longer than you think, but it’s not just Iran and Syria that’s part of it. It’s the country which supposedly wants the freedom of others..when in reality all this is spewed propagandistic nonsense..the real motives of Iran and the US are both their economic prosperity and the maximization of their political influence globally. 

      • there’s more than one way to skin a cat….Meaning he US can help the syrians without resorting to military intervention and occupation,  I mean they have considerable influence  over Syrias neighbours like Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Israel, Iraq and Turkey. It is not too late to use a diplomatic solution to resolve this problem and get rid of Asaad before it gets out of hand.

      • there’s more than one way to skin a cat….Meaning he US can help the syrians without resorting to military intervention and occupation,  I mean they have considerable influence  over Syrias neighbours like Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Israel, Iraq and Turkey. It is not too late to use a diplomatic solution to resolve this problem and get rid of Asaad before it gets out of hand.