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Assad Airforce Kills Syrians Waiting in Breadline

This post is part of our special coverage Syria Protests 2011/12.

The Syrian government conducted a deadly airstrike against Syrians – standing in line waiting for bread in a bakery in Halfaya, in Hama. Estimates put the number of those killed between 90 to 300 people in the attack on the town, which rebels say they have recently liberated from Assad forces. Online, activists are livid that the world continues to watch as innocents are being massacred.

Graphic photographs of mutilated bodies, as well as videos of the aftermath of the attack, are being circulated online, showing the devastation. [Journalist Erin Cunningham tweets links to the videos here.]

Leila Nachawati Rego writes:

@leila_na: The Syrian regime´s new strategy is to bomb bakeries. 200 people killed today in Hama. A civilian massacre. Devastating. #Syria

Syrian Rafif Jouejati tweets her exasperation:

@RafifJ: Waiting for world leaders to find something to top “We condemn in the strongest possible terms..” #Halfaya_Massacre #Syria

and adds:

@RafifJ: Let history books show that #Assad committed genocide while world watched, paralyzed, and did little more than use strong language. #Syria

And an angry Razan Ghazzawi blogs:

Look into Halfaya martyrs’ eyes and dare to tell me you’re worried about “Islamists” in Syria. Dare to tell me, you piece of shit, that you’re worried about “FSA human rights violations,” worried about “civil war,” about Qatar and KSA, and that’s why you won’t support people’s revolution.

So you’re worried. I see. That explains a lot. Of course.

Newsflash: the minute you have forsaken the people of Syria, the Syrian people have also forsaken you and what you worry about habibi: you and your civilization doesn’t exist in our time and space. It’s over, you and I aren’t fellow human being anymore.

Also, peace envoy Lakhdar Brahimi arrived in Syria today as part of his mission to “broker a solution” in the country.

Hassan Hassan notes:


@hhassan140
: Halfaya massacre, celebrating Brahimi's arrival to Damascus, shames all those who still hope Assad understands anything other than force.

and he adds:


@hhassan140
: History: on this day, Lakhdar Brahimi visits Damascus to talk to Assad who spoke loudly in Halfaya by killing 300 ppl lining up for bread.

This post is part of our special coverage Syria Protests 2011/12.

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