At least 10 children were killed as they were playing outdoors and another 15 people were wounded, including two women, when Syrian regime war planes bombed Deir al-Asafir village near Damascus on Sunday, opposition activists said. Video footage showed residents collecting young bodies torn by shrapnel.
According to an activist in the village, Abu Kassem, this was indiscriminate bombing whereas there was no fighting in the village, with the knowledge that the regime used cluster bombs in the attack. He added that the bodies of children were torn and it was difficult to identify their remains.
According to Reuters, video footage taken by activists showed the bodies of two young girls, one wearing purple, the other red, on the street in the village, with wounds in their neck and head. A sobbing woman picked up one of the girls up and hugged her lifeless body.
Another two dead boys, hit in the head and face, were shown on the backseat of a car. Men picked up the bodies of two other children, while a larger body lay next to the front wheel of a vehicle.
The authenticity of the video has not been confirmed from a neutral source. On the other hand, an Al Arabiya TV correspondent in Syria said that he himself had fainted after watching the children being murdered in front of his eyes, confirming the authenticity of the video. He further stressed that what appears in the video is much less than what is happening on the ground, where one of the children had his body separated from head and limbs.
Meanwhile, fighting erupted along the ceasefire line of the Golan Heights, with two Islamists killed inside the Syrian section of a demilitarized zone.
Israel's military earlier reported that, gunfire hit near an Israeli army jeep traveling near the northern border. The military added that was the second time stray fire from the Syrian side was encountered on Sunday. No injuries or damages were reported.
Moreover, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported that the Free Syrian army on Sunday seized the training camp of a pro-regime Palestinian faction in the Rihan area of Damascus and took control of an arms depot after fierce clashes.
However, PFLP-GC Secretary-General Ahmad Jibreel has declared his support for the Syrian regime and recruited armed faction members, allegedly to defend Palestinian refugee camps against rebel fighters.
It is worth mentioning, Syria is home to nearly 500,000 UN-registered Palestinians and their descendants, who were expelled or fled from their homes during the 1948 war of Israel's creation. Palestinians say an additional 120,000 Palestinians reside in Syrian cities.
Palestinians have largely stayed out of the war in Syria between Assad's regime forces and political, armed Syrian opposition trying to topple the government. Leaders have sought to avoid commenting on the situation and embroiling their exiles.
The Syrian regime executes massacres when it can not fight the Free Syrian Army. Thus whenever the Free Syrian army succeeds in freeing an area or several areas from the Syrian regime's control, the reaction becomes by bombing the areas by air, because the international community has not yet reached the conviction to impose a no-fly zone to protect civilians from the worst regime known to humanity after Hitler and Mussolini regimes.
There is no doubt that the massacre that took place in Deir al-Asafir village is the Syrian regime's response to the success of the Free Syrian army heroes in liberating Marj al-Sultan air base, from the regime's control, which is accurately described as a blow to the morale of the regime.
With regard to the fighting between the Free Syrian Army and PFLP-GC, this is very normal, because I truly believe that any Palestinian living in a country has no right to interfere, whatever the circumstances and events are, in the internal affairs of that country. Nevertheless, it seems that Jibril does not understand the language of advice. Therefore, I hope that the Free Syrian Army would be able to punish this man and his organization, which did not provide the Palestinian people anything except loyalty to the bloody regime in Damascus.
Finally, I hope that the massacre committed by the regime encourages action to be taken so as to eliminate the Syrian regime, especially that the world celebrated just days ago the "Day of Childhood," but it seems that the massacre of Deir al-Asafir village did not get even rated as reprehensible from UNICEF. Perhaps scenes of killing the children in Syria, Gaza and many other countries are now something normal and do not impress anybody.
I apologize to the children of Syria for the massacre, which could have been avoided, if the world had seriously intervened and put an end to terrorism in Damascus without considering the international interests or alliances.