An Ethnic-Cleansing Massacre in Syria
This report methodology draws upon the investigations carried out by SNHR team with a number of residents and activists, as this report contains two accounts for eyewitnesses, in addition to the news and pictures SNHR received from cooperating activists, considering that SNHR team was not able to visit the area. Also, the real names of the witnesses were altered as per their requests due to security concerns.
SNHR contacted one of the massacres survivors, Mr. Hasan Aboud, who is one of the village residents:
“On Saturday, June 21, 2013, I was herding my sheep on a hill about two kilometers from the village. I returned to the village at sunset, and found out that Syrian regime forces and their pro-regime militias have taken over the village, killing many of the residents – women, children, men, and elders. I managed to escape about two hours later along with my daughter and wife, and I saw armed men wearing black outfits with yellow headbands. It seemed to me that they were affiliates of Hezbollah. They killed a 90-year-old woman that was sitting in her house by herself, and then destroyed the house with her dead body inside. There was another house where a number of families took shelter. There were about 56 or 57 individuals. They asked them to enter the rooms, inside the house, and then they bomb the house, as everyone inside died.”