On Sunday 6 January 2013, approximately 9:00 am, four cars set out from Hama- KIA Optima white car driven by the martyr Zohair Al Malieh, and Hyundai Sonata white car driven by the youth Saleem Al Hariri in addition to other two cars.
After one hour, no one could contact the travelers, according to families’ accounts who confirmed this. News reported that the travelers have been arrested and they were detained in a Security State branch. Later, we discovered that news was wrong.
News of travelers have completely cut. After investigation, we found that they were kidnapped by militias of pro-Syrian regime villages, in particular, from Al Mashrafa area which is located in the west suburbs of Homs.
On Tuesday 8 January 2013, a call from the military hospital that was received by victims’ families asking them to come and take the dead bodies of their relatives.
The families told us that most of the victims have been slaughtered by knives and the corpses were deformed as the hands and legs of the dead bodies were cut.
The reason behind their killing was based on their identity because they are from Hama city which was opposing the Syrian regime. Two of victims were killed based on ethnic background. It should be noted that two of the victims are Christians, the pro-regime militias killed them without knowing their religion.