Wednesday, 6 June 2012

Syria - The Qubair Massacre

Update June 8th - I've put together evidence gathered by the UN and press in Qubair in this post for reference purposes.

All links should be considered graphic. All reports should be considered unconfirmed.

21:27 BST Reports are coming in of a fresh massacre in Qubair, in the Hama suburbs.  Syria Campaigns has just tweeted the following
A new massacre has just happened in the Hama suburb area of Qubair. At least 86 killed & number is expected to rise. Tweet: .
At least 86 men, women, & children slaughtered by Assad forces in Qubair, Hama. Tweet to unite the tweets under one hashtag.
Talals tweeted the following
Victims of are mainly from the families of Yatim and Oulwan, it means they were murdered in their houses!
Eyewitness from Qubair where the massacre took place on AJArabic said Assad's gang didn't spare even a 2 month old girl!
I'll be updating this post as more information comes in.

21:30 BST Via Sky News Newsdesk
AFP: Syrian National Council says Syrian regime kills 100 people in "massacre" in Hama today
21:32 BST via Maisa Akbi
21:34 BST via Syria Campaigns
Correction: 78 civilians killed in Qubair and 86 total killed in all of Hama. Death toll in all of Syria is now at 129.
21:36 BST via Mohammed Sarmini
Among the killed, there were 20 kids of 2 years old or less, and 20 women#syria
A new massacre in Al Qubeer Farm in the rural areas of Hama, The thugs of Assad raided today the Qubeer Farm#syria#hamah
20 km to the west of Mohardeh in the rural area of Hama. They’ve committed a horrible brutal massacre#syria#hamah
they’ve killed around 100 people with knives and burned some alive. Among the killed, there are 20 kids of 2 years old or less; and 20 women
Among the killed, there were 20 kids (2 years old or less); and 20 women.
21:38 BST The Youtube channel sham1aljazeera has been posting videos of burnt corpses allegedly from Qubair over the past few hours which you can view here. 22:21 BST UPDATE according to DSyer "
There is no mention of Qubair here - these are videos from another massacre in Kafarzita "


21:39 BST Via Syrian Democrats
ONLY FOUR survivors from massacre, Al Arabiya reported.
21:42 BST Via Maryam Saleh
86 martyrs in Kafarzeita, including 6 with burnt corpses. 78 martyrs in al-Qubair massacre, including 35 from 1 family via
Massacres in Hama tend to go unnoticed. Let's make this one different. 86 men, women & children were slaughtered today in  
Al-Qubair is a tiny farm with a population of 130. 78 of the 130 were slaughtered today, including 20 children & 35 women.  
30+ of those killed in were burned alive. The rest were either shot at or slaughtered with knives.  
Where are the good-for-nothing UN observers? Oh, I forgot, they're too scared to leave their hotels at night.  
al-Qubair is a small farm whose residents are from the al-Yateem, al-Farees and 'Alwan families.  
Shelling of al-Qubair began at around 2 p.m. An hour later, shabiha from al-Aseela village stormed al-Qubair and carried out
21:45 BST The BBC is now reporting "New 'massacre' reported in Syria's Hama province"
As many as 100 people, including many women and children, have been killed by Syrian pro-government forces in Hama province, opposition activists say.
21:46 BST Via Maisa Akbik
Map for Qubair village (right) & the villages where witnesses say the killers came from (left).
21:50 BST via Maia Akbik
They burned an infant of 4 months old in Qubair,
21:56 BST via Me_eZ
Activist from Qubair village in said: we asked Un observers for more than 10 times " tweet to be continued"
we asked them 10 times that come to the village before the massacre, but they didn't reply
21:57 BST via Sally Misa
Kaf rZayta, Kernaz, Latamnah, Mezraf, Al Qubair, Hilfaya, Maardas , towms r being shelled wz all kinds f rockets & mortars
22:00 BST request for media contact from Hassan Hassan
If anyone knows anyone who can speak about Al Qubair massacre, in Hama, please contact
22:01 BST via Nesreen Meknas
Summary of : (1) At around 2 p.m., 3 T-72 tanks began shelling Ma'arzaf and al-Qubair.Residents mostly from al-Yateem family
(2) After an hour, cars and buses carrying shabiha (regime thugs) from al-Aseela village (a regime loyalist village) stormed al-Qubair
(3) They began destroying houses, slaughtering residents and burning their corpses.
(4) 35 people from al-Yateem family were killed...
(5) Knives were used to summarily executed many women and children...
About 78 martyrs have been accounted for and identified by name..Out of the 130 residents living in the village, 100 of them were murdered!
22:04 BST via Hassan Hassan
Tanks and artillery shelled Al Qubair, and then used the army, shabbiha and security forces and raided the village. Maher Al Nuaimi
 22:05 BST via Hama English News Facebook
Hama Countryside | al-Qubair Farm near Ma'arzaf Village | Details of the Massacre
Ma'arzaf village lies about 20 km west of Hama city and 2 km south of the city of Mharde.
al-Qubair is considered to be a residential area south of Ma'arzaf with about 25 houses where members of the al-Yateem, al-Farees and 'Alwan families live.

At around 2 p.m., 3 T-72 tanks moved from the direction of al-Majdal village and Aseela village towards Ma'arzaf and began shelling Ma'arzaf and al-Qubair, another small village whose residents are mostly from the al-Yateem family.

After about an hour, several cars and buses carrying shabiha (regime thugs) from al-Aseela village (which is a regime loyalist village) stormed al-Qubair and began destroying houses, slaughtering residents and burning their corpses.
Among the casualties is a woman from the Qastal family, who was killed with all her children
35 people from al-Yateem family were killed
Some members of the 'Alwan family were killed as a result of injuries sustained by the shelling, as the supplies needed to care for them were not available
Knives were used to summarily executed many women and children
Many houses were completely destroyed during the shelling by Assad regime tanks
Shabiha kidnapped the bodies of many men. At this point, about 78 martyrs have been accounted for and identified by name and some corpses were burned by the shabiha.
22:08 BST via NMSyria
Ma'arzaf village lies about 20 km west of Hama city and 2 km south of the city of Mharde.
Qubair is a residential area south of Ma'arzaf with 25 houses where members of the al-Yateem, al-Farees, Alwan families live  
At around 2 p.m., 3 T-72 tanks moved from the direction of al-Majdal village and Aseela village towards Ma'arzaf  
They began shelling Ma'arzaf and al-Qubair, another small village whose residents are mostly from the al-Yateem family.
After an hour, several cars and buses carrying shabiha (regime thugs) from al-Aseela (regime loyal village) stormed Qubair  
They began destroying houses, slaughtering residents and burning their corpses.  
Among the casualties is a woman from the Qastal family, who was killed with all her children  
35 members of the al-Yateem family were killed. Their name in English means "The Orphans". The irony is dreadful...  
Members of the 'Alwan family were killed as a result of injuries from shelling, as medical supplies needed not available.  
Knives were used to summarily execute many men, women and children  
Many houses were completely destroyed during the shelling by Assad regime tanks  
Reports that several bodies have been taken by the thugs that stormed the village.
22:11 BST The Huffington Post reports Hama Massacre: Qubair, Syria, Site Of Fresh Violence, According To Unconfirmed Reports

22:13 BST via Syrian Scenes
Mahmoud al-Jasim, eyewitness to the , describes "entire families killed with knives", [Arabic]:
22:14 BST via Edward Dark
a protest in Bustan Qasr, Aleppo city tonight in reaction to
22:16 BST via Maisa Akbik
I'm hearing news of another massacre in Haffe, , I'll check it out.
I have another source saying there was a massacre in Haffe, , but still need to confirm after we were misled many times!
22:18 BST via Felicity Barr
Just interviewed activist re: massacre reported in Hama. Says 78 killed in 1 village because it is home to Free Syrian Army member.
22:24 BST As now noted on an earlier update this Youtube channel is posting videos from Kafarzita, not Qubair.

22:27 BST via Maisa Akbik
Confirmed: Tens killed in Haffe , The town is surrounded & thugs r asking men by speakers to surrender to them.
22:28 BST via Sumayya Saleh
Official spokesperson for Major Maher Al-Nuaimi is from . He spoke of the FSA abiding by the ceasefire.

22:30 BST via Felicity Barr
activist says 35 members of the soldier's own family were killed. Says two villages were shelled and then Assad's men went in.
activist says UN monitors have been told of the Hama massacre, but can't get there until tmrrw.
22:33 BST via CNN Breaking
BREAKING NEWS: Syria - NEW massacre reported - At least 78 ppl wr killed in 1 Syrian village w/ half of the dead women & children
22:35 BST via HamaEcho
Most of you know about the new massacre tonight by Assad's pigs, we're very busy collecting names of martyrs and more info will update later
Nothing happens in this village, it was just a random choice tonight for Assad's bloodthirsty pigs to try and wipe it off the map.
Protests are taking place all over Hama city tonight and people screaming takbir from their windows in support of Qubair town.
Videos of the burnt bodies in the morning are from Kafarzita, which a lot of bad news is also coming from all day.
Will post a twitlonger post about the massacre in a few minutes, please wait, overload with Kafarzita as well.
22:40 BST via Ammar Kalo
Dont expect videos or pictures from 1) because its a tiny tiny village and 2) because there's barely anyone left.
22:41 BST via Edward Dark
picture: where took place bottom middle in blue via
22:43 BST The Guardian reports Syrian activists: new massacre in Hama
Activists say pro-government militia and security forces have killed at least 78 people, including children, in Syria's central province of Hama.
Some of those killed in the village of Mazraat al-Qabeer were stabbed to death, the activists said, and at least 12 bodies had been burned. Some activists who spoke to Reuters said at least 40 of the victims were women and children.
22:45 BST Via Abdullah Aldahhan
Accordng to HNN...the bodies that were stolen from Qubair are being dragged by cars in Alawite neighborhood of Aseela. so..who is sectarian?

 22:47 BST Via Edward Dark
via a close up of Qubair village, a tiny area
22:48 BST Via Abdul Aziz Al-Sibaal
Only 4 residents of AlQubair are still alive; they were outside the village during the massacre.
22:50 BST Reuters reports At least 78 killed in Syria's Hama province

22:53 BST Via Sate3
Syrian TV Breaking via an official source in .
Syrian TV Breaking re an awful find seen in today via an official source.
22:54 BST Via Hala Gorani of CNN
LCC tells CNN of a new "massacre" in 's Hama province: 78 people killed in Qubeir village, 35 from same family.
LCC activist who lives near Qubeir tells CNN after regime shelled village, militiamen executed civilians w knives and AK 47's.
22:57 BST Via Anas Marwah Facebook
Syrian National Council calls for national mourning after Qubair Massacrenear Hama and wider Civil Disobedience in Syria.
23:00 BST Via BBC News World
Syria activists quite credible - this is how Houla massacre info came out, they know they're under scrutiny, BBC's Jim Muir tells
23:02 BST Via HamaEcho
People still outside and chanting from their windows for support of Qubair, the other Hama suburbs and chanting "The people want an AK-47"
23:06 BST Via THE syrian girl
Activist that blogged about claims they kept asking #un to come to #Qubair b4 massacre activist tweeted this. A village of 160 & all the activists kept asking & 1 of them has twitter.. #onlyinsyria 
23:07 BST via Julien Barnes-Dacey
1/2 If confirmed I'd say new massacre in Syria is another sign of growing regime weakness, lashing out to try and recreate fear
2/2 everything i saw and heard in last week makes think regime is far weaker than I previously thought. Losing control...
23:16 BST Via LaShaque
BREAKING News TV: Armed groups perpetrate most atrocious massacre in yet.
23:17 BST Via LaShaque
News TV: This massacre took place the night before the Security Council meeting and the perpetrators planned it to increase pressure.
23:18 BST Via Mark White of Sky News
BREAK - Syrian State TV has tonight confirmed there has been a massacre of civilians in Hama, but says "Terrorist armed groups" to blame
23:19 BST Via HamaEcho
Stop talking about "videos" from Qubair, there is none yet. If you have been there before you will understand why, it's very, very small.
23:34 BST This live blog is over for the moment, but the Huffington Post and Enduring America are both live blogging it.

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