Banyas

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This is what ASSad’s troops did in the village of Bayda, in Banyas.

Those, according to ASSad’s TV, are “terrorists that had to be taken out” to restore peace to that village.

..As you can see, no chemical weapons were used, so you don’t need to be upset or angry, and you don’t need to do anything. Go on with your lives, as if this is not happening, ..go on….

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بأي ذنب قتلوا

أيها الأوغاد : الا تريدون ان تتركوا في قلوبنا شفقة و رحمة نحو أطفالكم و نسائكم و دافعا للدفاع عنهم عندما تدور عليكم الدوائر ؟

 

Ahmad Othman was a child who loved FC Barcelona and soccer was his passion. in almost all of his pictures he appeared wearing the club’s t-shirt.
In the morning of the 2nd of May, 2013, Bashar Al Assad’s militia invaded his town, Al Bayda; near Banyas in Syria. Assad’s militia committed a horrible massacre where more than 400 civilians were killed. The Human Rights Committee described the massacre as one of the worst crimes in current century.

Ahmad Othman and many other members of his family and friends were killed. It is widely believed that Assad’s death squads performed this genocide to ethnically cleanse the area of the west coast of any opposition movement. Al Bayda, was one of the early towns that joined the Syrian revolution in peaceful protest against the Syrian regime. Assad has been following the approach of mass killing using all means of weapons, including air force, long range missiles and chemical weapons against his own people for more than two years now.
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Christians of Banias have opened their doors to the Sunnis that are being targeted. It’s really heartwarming to see different sects displaying empathy for one another and literally risking their lives to save others from the brutal aggression of the shabiha. It really brings out the humanity that we have lost sight of in this revolution. 

Photo of the detainee Ahmad Nabelsy during the investigation. Click on picture for more photos.

For several weeks Hussam Ahmed Naboulsy has been detained in the cellars of the Syrian Intelligence. He wasn’t charged for any crime, there are no legal cases against him.

Hussam is from Banyas city and a father of 7 kids, he is facing daily all kinds of insulting, abusing and torturing. Some video clips leaked from the prison by one of the security elements that attended the investigation and filmed it. The video clips shows his face swollen, bleeding and he is daze.

This records another brutal crime of the Syrian regime inside the prison while the Arab League Committee is still in Syria and supposed to be protecting people from the regime’s crimes.

The Local Coordination Committees in Syria (LCC) condemning this egregious violation of the human rights and the International protocols that Syria’s government is committed to. The LCC is calling to release Hussam immediately and all the opinion detainees and carries the regime the responsibility on their safety.

Syria's Banias massacre toll up to 145 - #Syria

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights has now documented the deaths of at least 145 people in a “sectarian massacre” earlier in May in the coastal city of Banias, the watchdog said Thursday.

The number of identified victims, among them children and babies, has risen in the past two weeks because “dozens were missing, their bodies buried in their burnt-down homes, or under the rubble of their houses,” said the Britain-based group.

Some victims were “buried in secret, while the security forces were present”, it said.

The watchdog said the May 3 mass killings in Banias amounted to a “sectarian massacre”.

Fighters who entered the Ras al-Nabaa neighborhood of Banias included regular troops as well as militiamen loyal to the paramilitary National Defense Force, it said.

“Many houses were destroyed,” said the Observatory, which relies on a broad network of activists, doctors and lawyers for its reports.

“Among those killed were 34 children aged under 16, including babies, and 40 women,” it said.

Just a day before the slaughter, at least 51 people were killed in the Sunni village of Bayda, south of the Banias.

Observatory head Rami Abdel Rahman echoed statements by Syrian activists and said the killings were motivated by sectarianism.

The majority of Syria’s population is Sunni Muslim, while President Bashar al-Assad belongs to the minority Alawite clan.

Many of the country’s Alawites live on the coast.

Activists say the regime has taken a particularly harsh position on any signs of anti-regime sentiment along the coastline.

“Because it is motivated by sectarianism, this was one of the most savage massacres committed by the Syrian security forces and the pro-regime armed militias since the start of the [anti-Assad] revolt,” said the Observatory.

“The Observatory calls for the regime’s crimes to be referred to the International Criminal Court,” said the group.

The statement comes a day after at least 112 people were killed in violence across Syria, the Observatory said.

More than 94,000 people have been killed in the country’s conflict, which erupted in March 2011 when the regime unleashed a brutal crackdown against what started out as a peaceful uprising.

AFP - 05/16/2013

Today, May 5th, 2013, Assad’s forces and thugs raided the village of al-Bayda in Banias, Syria, demolishing homes with tanks, shelling at people with tanks, and slaughtering them with knives. The death counts have not been finalized but activists have estimated that today’s massacre yielded a death toll ranging between 200-400 people. The shabiha slaughtered children, women, and men, detained tens to hundreds of men from inside Banias, and deployed countless snipers throughout the city. 

Here are some photographs of the massacre. Warning: Graphic and morbid, but nonetheless the reality. 

First clashes in Syria's Banias - #Syria

Fierce clashes between troops and rebels erupted on Thursday for the first time in a Sunni Muslim village in the Alawite-majority coastal region of Banias in northwestern Syria, a watchdog said.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the fighting broke out in the morning and killed at least seven soldiers, while the official SANA news agency reported that troops killed “terrorists” – the regime’s term for insurgents.

“Since this morning, the army and pro-regime forces have been besieging the village of Bayda at the southern entrance to the town of Banias,” said the Britain-based Observatory.

“The village is the scene of fierce fighting between the army and rebel battalions – the first of its kind in the Banias area,” it said.

The watchdog, which relies on activists and medics on the ground for its information, gave a preliminary toll of “at least seven soldiers killed and 20 others wounded.”

SANA, quoting an unnamed top official, said regime forces “killed terrorists in Bayda and the village of Mirqab, as well as in the [Sunni] district of Ras al-Nabah,” in the port of Banias

According to the Observatory, the troops and the shabiha [pro-regime militiamen] carried out “summary executions” in Bayda, and warned of a new “massacre” in Syria.

“The army has cut off all communications with the village and it is very difficult to get a precise toll,” Observatory chief Rami Abdel Rahman told AFP.

The Banias region is predominantly Alawite, an offshoot of Shiite Islam and the sect of President Bashar al-Assad, but has several Sunni villages to the south.

In the south of the port city, where there is also a large Sunni population, “sustained gunfire coming from the army was heard, and the security services are out in the streets to terrify residents,” the watchdog said.

Witnesses have seen “ambulances taking soldiers wounded in the fighting to Bayda,” it added.

The Observatory said most young Sunnis left the Banias area after an army offensive in May 2011, two months after the start of the uprising against the Assad regime.

“They left because they were afraid of being arrested or forced to join the army,” Abdel Rahman said.

Banias, along with Daraa in the south, the cradle of the uprising, saw some of the first demonstrations against the regime in March 2011.

The region’s three main coastal cities of Banias, Latakia and Tartus and their surrounding areas form the “Alawite heartland” where analysts say Assad could seek refuge if his regime falls.

05/02/2013 - AFP