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Boy Played Dead to Survive Syria Massacre

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on June 1, 2012

By AP / BASSEM MROUE and ELIZABETH A. KENNEDY

(BEIRUT) — When the gunmen began to slaughter his family, 11-year-old Ali el-Sayed says he fell to the floor of his home, soaking his clothes with his brother’s blood to fool the killers into thinking he was already dead.

The Syrian boy tried to stop himself from trembling, even as the gunmen, with long beards and shaved heads, killed his parents and all four of his siblings, one by one.

The youngest to die was Ali’s brother, 6-year-old Nader. His small body bore two bullet holes — one in his head, another in his back.

“I put my brother’s blood all over me and acted like I was dead,” Ali told The Associated Press over Skype on Wednesday, his raspy voice steady and matter-of-fact, five days after the killing spree that left him both an orphan and an only child.

(VIDEO: A Syrian Soldier Claims to Have Witnessed Atrocities)

Ali is one of the few survivors of a weekend massacre in Houla, a collection of poor farming villages and olive groves in Syria’s central Homs province. More than 100 people were killed, many of them women and children who were shot or stabbed in their houses. Read the rest of this entry »

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Syria Massacre Captured By Satellite Cameras (PHOTOS)

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on June 1, 2012

By Andrea Stone

Syria Massacre

WASHINGTON — New satellite images of the besieged Syrian region of Houla provide stark evidence of last week’s massacre of more than 100 civilians, many of themchildren, believed killed by government forces loyal to President Bashar Assad’s regime.

The before and after photos were taken last Friday and Saturday by DigitalGlobe, a commercial satellite company that provided them exclusively to The Huffington Post. They appear to confirm on-the-ground reports of mass casualties from execution-style killings and shelling of civilians by government troops.

The photos, in the slideshow below, show the village of Taldou, two miles southeast of central Houla.

In one set of images, the city center is seen on the morning of May 25, before the violence began. No unusual activity is obvious.

A second image taken the next day, Saturday, shows what the company said are large crowds massed around the local mosque near the town square. “That was the first tip-off,” said Amy Opperman, a manager in the DigitalGlobe Analysis Center, noting that such crowds are more typical of Friday, the Muslim day of prayer.

The people stand near a line of long, light-colored trenches that are believed to be themass burials photographed by a Reuters photographer on the scene. Analysts compared a clock tower, power lines and other features seen in the photo to confirm the satellite image was a match. Read the rest of this entry »

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