Syria airstrike kills 49

2012-10-19 08:55

Maaret Al-Numan - Syrian fighter jets blasted the rebel-held town of Maaret al-Numan on Thursday, killing at least 49 people, including 23 children, in a further escalation of violence in the war-torn country, rescuers said.

Amid the bloodshed, the UN peace envoy Lakhdar Brahimi pressed for a truce during a key Muslim holiday later this month, while the UN's human rights chief appealed to the Security Council for unity over the crisis.

Rescuers said bombs destroyed two residential buildings and a mosque, where many women and children had been taking refuge, in the strategic north-western town. Among those killed was a nine-month-old baby.

Rebels captured the town on 9 October in a push to create a buffer zone along the Turkish border.

"We have recovered 44 corpses from under the rubble," one worker said correspondent at the scene.

In a makeshift field hospital, the correspondent saw at least 32 bodies wrapped in white sheets, including six children and many mutilated corpses, as well as plastic bags marked "body parts".

One child was decapitated, the correspondent said. The body of a second was pulled from the rubble while still on his bicycle.

"At the moment it seems only three people survived the attack, including a 2-year-old child," said medic Jaffar Sharhoub. "He survived in the arms of his dead father."

Several fighter jets flew over Maaret al-Numan and the surrounding area throughout Thursday morning.

  • tommy.jones.754918 - 2012-10-19 09:01

    Sad indeed. Wish somebody would do something.

  • duncan.gill1 - 2012-10-19 09:03


      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-10-19 10:31

      Dunkie, you have asked me tyhis now several times, but i don't have aclue , what article this is. Give me the date, and sure, I will make a comment !

      Shane Loxton - 2012-10-19 14:16

      Toos i thought u said previously u could see all the previous post due to a tag that u had made? confused?

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-10-19 15:32

      Shame, You are confused again !! I NEVER said this !!!! And there has not been an article on '' titled " syrian Rebels Unite" !!! Dankie Shame...............................

      duncan.gill1 - 2012-10-19 15:52 as if you don't know...???? Syrian rebels agree to united leadership 2012-10-16 20:22

      Shane Loxton - 2012-10-20 22:15

      looks like they could not answer it and had it deleted its gone

  • duncan.gill1 - 2012-10-19 09:05


      customdesign - 2012-10-19 09:39

      why do you type in caps?

      richard.bosmano - 2012-10-19 09:56

      Don't have to shout. I don't think it's Fred or Ants fault the FSA use these tactics. This is not to say that makes it okay for assad's regime to continue ruling the nation at the point of a gun. If democracy was good enough to be imposed on RSA , then it's good enough for Syria. It is wrong hiding amongst woman and children,but alas,it's always been the tactics of terrorists,ie:anc,hamas,hizbolla,plo et al

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-10-19 10:16

      Richard, First of all, that the so called 'terrorists' ( called opposition in EVERY other country of the world ) are hiding behind women and children, is a fanatsy made up the violent loony left. There is NO evidence at all, besides the propaganda from these assad terorists, that this is the case. Further I would like to remind you, that Nelson Mandela, and most of the top in the ANC, were also labeled 'terrorists' But, great, that you also believe, that democracy is not an unreasonable demand of the Syrian people !!!

      richard.bosmano - 2012-10-19 10:19

      Ant, i'm with the FSA on this,assad must go,he little more then a puppet of iran,and by extension china and russia.The man is a monster. Never the less, FSA shouldn't be sinking to the disgraceful tactics used by the likes of hamas,hiding in mosques and schools

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-10-19 10:30

      Richard, But; DO THEY ???? Don't forget, a dictator has an incredible proganda machine , for his own use. And further; The soldiers of the FSA, have been trained , to behave in a most atrocious ways; They ALL have been trained and come from assad's terrorists army!!!!

      Shane Loxton - 2012-10-19 14:11

      Duncan thats what they do! in Iraq and Afghanistan we were attacked in villages and took fire from amongst the civilian population, the only time the did not was with VBED or IED's, even children were used and threatened to throw grenades

      Shane Loxton - 2012-10-19 14:14

      Toos, tell the civilian victims of Nelson Mandelas Bombing campaigns they were not a victim of TERRORISIUM

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-10-19 15:46

      . Sorry Shame, but I just cannot get it out of my head............ you holed up in a flat in Bloemfontein, fantasizing all this stuff!!!!

      Shane Loxton - 2012-10-20 09:40

      Toos, i dont stay in Bloemfontein, never been there, unfortunately news24 dont cater for foreign countries or city names, I am currently in Amman i think thats a bit further than Bloemfontein, Gagba Golwat

  • David - 2012-10-19 09:47

    Very sad indeed. I think these atrocities put Israel's actions in Gaza in perspective. Israel would never do to their enemies what Basher al Assad is doing to his own people. Remember how the media goes on the bandwagon when Israel defends herself from terrorists who fire at her from civilian populated areas. So sad that this is barely an issue and before this attack the death toll was already 35000.

      tom.guy.37669528 - 2012-10-19 14:46

      Its a civil war. So sad the media didn't go on about the +- million dead during the US invasion of Iraq.

      moses.mabhida.52 - 2012-10-20 09:59

      David I agree and will add... Israel’s action in Gaza are of defence... Israel’s high value for life and democratic principals allow her to only defend their people - if the Israeli government would behave like Assad the people would vote them out of power because the vast majority of Israelis just want peace - I have been there and am speaking the truth. Hamas fire rockets and Israel retaliates, if the rockets stop the Palestinians will stop suffering. I have no idea why the world places so much pressure on Israel. If you are like me and you want to help the Palestinians you need to place pressure on Hamas and tell them that there is no place for religious wars in 2012 - only peaceful negotiations will work.

  • Shane Loxton - 2012-10-19 14:24

    i have one question, if there was a rebellion in SA would not the ANC government use all at its disposal to stop it?

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-10-19 15:39

      . Fire rockets from tanks in apartment blocks???? Bomb civilians from the air, standing in a cue to buy bread???? Fire live amunition at women and children from gunship helicopters???? --------------------------------NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO-----------------

      duncan.gill1 - 2012-10-19 15:49

      No Anthony shoot at point blank range 36 miners and then leave them for at least 30mins while they die in the sun and dust..all the while shouting at them for what they have done..veeery nice I think commentator even said it seems ..probably due to they panicked due to inferior training..!

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-10-19 17:03

      . I am not sure,what you are getting at, than that you support this assad,who is a; DICTATOR / TRANT / MASS MURDERER ........ You want to call any of our politicians these names?????????????????????

      duncan.gill1 - 2012-10-19 17:09

      anthony...sure why not you think they are puppies...Mmmmmm you are a little naive...Mmmmm maybe a whole damn lot!! Please answer Shane Loxton's comment regarding the article: Syrian rebels agree to united leadership 2012-10-16 20:22 That's if you really are a man!!!

      duncan.gill1 - 2012-10-19 17:31

      anthony...all people are capable of evil.."Judge not least you be judged!!" "he who is not a sinner cast the first stone" Kahlail Gibran You delight in laying down laws, Yet you delight more in breaking them. Like children playing by the ocean who build sand castles with constancy and then destroy them with laughter. But while you you build your sand-towers the ocean brings more sand to the shore.And when you destroy them the ocean laughs with you" What of the serpent who cannot shed his old skin,and calls all others naked and shameless?What shall I say of these save that they too stand in the sunlight,but only with their backs to the sun? They see only their shadows,and their shadows are their laws"

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-10-19 17:51

      Dankie, Sorry, is there something wrong with you?? Can I help???

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-10-19 18:09

      Dankie/Shame/Dankie. I fail to understand what you are trying to get at. We all know in a civil war , that it attracts all kinds of groups, armed gangs, local terrorists groups, foreign terrorists groups. The opposition, besides the FSA, are NOT military guys, they are carpenters, students, accountants, whatever, most of them have NEVER had a fifle in their hands, let alone some more sophiticated weapons. """ various rebel groups had failedto assemble a clear military plan, lacked a coherent blueprint for governing Syria afterward if the Assad government fell, and quarreledtoo often among themselves, undercutting their military and political effectiveness. """ Sure, that is partly true. But does this mean, that they have to continue living under tyranny?? Off course not !!! Whenever there is a popular uprising, there are always those, who protect the dictator, and want to convince others that it will turn out "worse" BS Show me ANY country in the world, where there has been a change from a dictatorship to one with accountability, where the population, prefers the former!!!!!!!!!! NOWHERE !!!!!!! So, BE A MAN, and stop supporting dictators / tyrants and mass murderers, and start supporting the population, no matter how disorganised they are !!!!!!!!!!

      duncan.gill1 - 2012-10-19 18:28

      anthony.please refrain from belittling comments it will serve no purpose and gain you no friends..!As far as your next comment goes ..that's much better a decent argument supporting your let me answer you my argument is mainly concerned about other countries in the world trying to take sides in an internal conflict that is always going to be painful for all those concerned,,the fact that the Assad's are no bunny rabbits is quite clear to all even though Bashar was expected to be a more mild version as compared to his father and he enjoys the support of the Alawites is pretty much around the same support whites had when ruling SA under apartheid!So imagine if the West had armed the ANC then we would have had much hardening of hearts and no chance of the settlement we had.So you have to understand my point that the world has interfered by supplying these weapons to the FSA and its more radical brothers in arms whose agenda is far more serious than simply wanting to have a vote..!Now what irks me through all this is the manner in which other countries are emboldened to do the supplying and this is because they have the support in what they do from Washington and Brussels.So this inflames an already volatile situation,nobody thinks Bashar should remain in power but to interfere,so as to speed up a painful process for any country,is downright criminal.Next time your neighbor has a terrible fight with his partner do me a favor and interfere and take sides!

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-10-19 20:17

      Hahahahahaha, This Patrick behaves like a 13 year old, on a friday evening school dance party, And................nobody wants to dance with him !!! Go to a dating site Patrick!!!!!

      duncan.gill1 - 2012-10-19 20:24

      anthony why you waited for Shane Loxton before you commented are you having a tiff with me..why I just want some serious debate..only want to get to the bottom of how your misguide4d mind works...well anyway..When are you going to reply to Shane's comment directed to you on the article....?????????????? Syrian rebels agree to united leadership 2012-10-16 20:22

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-10-19 20:50

      Dunkie, Well, at least we agree that this assad is no 'bunny rabit' But I also believe, that when a 'leader' turns onto his own people, with such unbelievable tyranny as these assads, it is not only threright, but the duty of other countries, to strongly oppose them!! And this Western support and massive Western supply of weapons is only silly propaganda from these silly , but violent, loonies from the left!! Western support is almost non existent, even on the political front !!!! The Syrian population is mostly left to fight its own battles, they know this, and although it is the toughest battle of their lives, and family and friends are being slaughtered on a mind boggling scale, they are more determent than ever. Untill these assad terrorists are gone, they will be on the streets !!!!!

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-10-19 21:04

      . ""anthony why you waited for Shane Loxton before you commented are you having a tiff with me..why"" I feel, I have to be careful here, that I am not being sucked into a love triangle!!! And my wife keeps looking over my shoulder, so if I suddenly talk about Syria, she is close by....wink wink!!!!!

  • duncan.gill1 - 2012-10-19 20:27

    anthony your commentary helps my tummy digest after a nice supper,thanks you may as well have pulled my finger!!!HA HA HA HA HA HA..!

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-10-19 21:07

      HA HA HA HA HA HA HA !!! PS. I don't really understand, but don't want to be left out!!!!

  • fidel.mgoqi - 2012-10-20 02:39

    49 people killed, and 23 children dead. How come the media never reports on the number of terrorists killed.

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-10-20 04:04

      Because they want to die and intentionally blow themselves up. It's the innocent civilians who get much of the attention, and rightfully so.

      duncan.gill1 - 2012-10-20 11:10

      fred fred you have sunk to new lows...get a grip man!

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