Source: In Gaza
Original Title: “SAVE OUR SOULS. PROTECT OUR CHILDREN AND WOMEN. LEAVE US SURVIVE IN PEACE.”-WORDS OF A TERRORIZED AL-ZAHRA’A RESIDENT”
The terror-ravaged neighbourhood of al-Zahra’a, in Homs, has again mercilessly been hit by western&saudi-backed terrorists’ bombings. Local journalists put the number of murdered at 57 now, some hours after the double-vehicle bombing earlier today.
Russia Today reports:
“The explosions at a traffic light at al-Siteen Street in the al-Zahra neighborhood happened within minutes of each other, witnesses said. …Witnesses said at least one of the two blasts was triggered by a suicide bomber driving a car.
A follow-up bombing after an initial blast is a common terrorist tactic, which allows them to hit first responders, who rush to help victims….”
Al-Zahra’a has been repeatedly targeted by western-backed terrorists, with almost no condemnation from the same leaders who cried for Paris.
I wrote about this in January 2016 for Russia Today:
“On December 12, 2015, terrorists car-bombed, then suicide-bombed, the al-Zahra’a neighborhood of Homs, Syria, killing at least 16 civilians and injuring over 50, according to initial reports from Syrian State media (later updates noted 20 dead and over 100 injured). The deaths and destruction from the initial car-bombing—near the Ahli Hospital—was made worse since the terrorists set off their bomb next to a natural gas delivery truck. Later, a terrorist returned to the scene and detonated his explosive vest among rescuers who had come to help the injured.
This pattern repeated itself on December 28, 2015, in al-Zahra’a, where a car bomb followed by a suicide bomb, killed up to 30 civilians, and injured over 100, according to Syrian state media initial reports. Again, on January 26, terrorists car and suicide bombed al-Zahra’a, killing at least 24 and injuring over 100, many critically-so, according to Syrian state media.
The al-Zahra’a district of Homs had been terror-bombed many times prior to the December 12 attacks, as have other areas of Homs, including the Ekrama district, which suffered a school bombing on October 1, 2014. There, terrorists car and suicide-bombed next to the school, killed 45 people, mostly children and women, according to al-Masdar News. Video footage showed terrified, maimed and dead children being carried away from the school….”
Tragically, on the same day as this latest terror act by NATO’s mercenaries in al-Zahra’a, the Damascus residential district of Sayyida Zeinab suffered three terrorist bombings.
The most recent update on SANA news noted:
“Death toll from the three terrorist bombings in al-Sayyida Zeinab rose to 83, while 178 citizens were wounded….Al-Sayyida Zeinab area was rocked on January 31th with a terrorist bombing with a car bomb which targeted a bus in Koa Soudan area followed by two suicide bombings with explosive belts, killing 45 persons and injuring 100 others.”
As usual, most western media deigning to report either of these terror attacks is doing so without the emphatic condemnation that would be present were these attacks on western soil, and with the same loaded sectarian terminology. An “Alawi” neighbourhood; a “Shia” neighbourhood.
Homs-based journalist Muaz Nukkari explained to me:
“Many of Sadad’s Christian families moved to al-Zahra’a neighbourhood because
ISIS fighters are 3 km from Sadad. So, they moved to al-Zahra’a.”
Similarly, Nukkari noted:
“In Saieyda Zaynab not all of them are Shia as the media says… Many of them are Sunni.”
This MSM relegating of particular areas as merely “Shia” or “Alawi” is an attempt to paint them as somehow nor worthy of our sympathies, something I’ve written on in the past.
“Western media’s coverage of the Beirut attack was loaded with sectarian lexicon, essentially relegating those murdered civilians as belonging to a “Hezbollah stronghold” or a “Shia neighborhood,” which to Western readers obscures the fact that – while indeed proudly supportive of Hezbollah – these are everyday humans who have been targeted by terrorism.
The Shia/Sunni Lebanese area is also home to many Christian and Palestinian residents. Visiting in the evening, as when the November 12 attacks occurred, I saw heavy pedestrian, motorcycle and automobile traffic along the narrow streets and lanes that host a number of shops and stalls.
…Take the example of Homs’ al-Zahra’a. Any Western media reporting that does cover the repeated terrorist bombings of the neighborhood does so in sectarian and biased lexicon.
The neighbourhood is described as: “an Alawite” area; a “government-held” area (AP).
But it is not described in terms of its reality, a district comprising a majority of Alawis, but also significant numbers of Christians, Sunnis, and Shia, many of whom are Internally Displaced Syrians who have moved to this “government held” area after fleeing the terrorists’ violence in their own home areas of Aleppo, Idlib, and elsehwere.
The depiction of al-Zahra’a merely as “an Alawite” district is in line with the NATO alliance’s sectarian project, a sectarianism which the vast majority of Syrians continue to refuse. Depicting al-Zahra’a merely as a “government held” area feeds into the Western narrative of obfuscating on the vast amount of support for the Syrian president, and further confuses readers as to the civilian suffering at each terrorist attack in al-Zahra’a….” (-Where is the West’s compassion & condemnation following terror attacks in Middle East?, Jan 30, 2016, Russia Today)
Homs resident Sleman Miladd implored:
“Homs is bleeding. To you and your #governments my friends all over the world I say:
Save our souls.
Protect our children and women.
Leave us survive in peace.
We want nothing from you but peace.
We want nothing from you but to treat us as #human beings.
We want nothing from you but to put yourselves, families and friends in our shoes.
Would you be happy if this was happening in your countries, and for your people??????
What else will you do to destroy us??
When are you going to be satisfied and cloyed by shedding our blood and tearing our bodies???
I beg you in the name of humanity to put some innocence in your stoney hearts.
To all the martyrs i say:
Rest in peace.
To their families i say:
May God be with you and give you patience and strength .
“Initial images of the bombings in Fig Street Sayeda Zeinab district of Damascus”
“Syria: Up to 80 dead as multiple blasts rock Damascus”
An American friend living in Latakia writes:
(Feb 19, 2016):
“The US supported moderate rebels in Aleppo launched a Gas Can rocket, which they make out of a cooking gas container. They targeted a residential neighborhood, and killed 23 civilians. 11 members of one family were killed. The entire family, gone.
These are the rebels that John Kerry and Pres. Obama, and Ashton Carter are continually talking about. These are the same rebels who are nicknamed “John McCain’s Army” since he has visited them and fought for their support in the US Congress for over 4 years. These are the same rebels who are aligned with Al Qaeda and Jibhat Al Nusra.
Why would the US government, and US taxpayers, be supporting Radical Islamic terrorists, who are known Jihadists, who have attacked innocent unarmed civilians?
They have raped, kidnapped, tortured, beheaded and murdered my own neighbors. They destroyed my summer home in Kassab, while beheading 13, and killing 88 Christians there on March 21, 2014. They massacred 220 unarmed civilians in their homes in Ballouta in mid August 2013, near Latakia.
May God bless all peace makers, and may God punish and destroy all murderers, whether they are on the US gov’t payroll, or not. America is going toward a day of reckoning for their collective murdering behind a disguise of regime change.
I am an American, and I am doing my best to tell the truth, but I need all Americans to wake up and take action. Contact your elected officials and demand a cessation of all support of terrorist groups in Syria. Tell them you do not support killing unarmed civilians in their own homes in Aleppo. These are not rebels, they are killers without any morals. They do not represent Syrians or Islam. They are devoid of any religion.“
“…Syria demanded a strong and immediate condemnation of Homs twin terrorist attacks from the Security Council and the UN Secretary General.
The demand was conveyed in two letters addressed by the Foreign and Expatriates Ministry to the Secretary General and the Security Council’s Chairman.
…It has become clear to all that the terrorist organizations committing these acts are the real tools of the Saudi and Turkish regimes on the Syrian ground, the Ministry noted.
The attacks today, it said, are a Turkish-Saudi response after the two sides’ role in inflaming the crisis in Syria was laid bare.
They are also a new attempt by the Turkish and Saudi regimes specifically to impede the diplomatic efforts seeking a political solution to the crisis, the Ministry added.
…The letters demanded that the Security Council assume responsibility for preserving international peace and security and take “immediate punitive and deterrent actions” against the countries providing support and funds to the terrorists, namely Saudi Arabia, Turkey and Qatar.
The regimes in those countries, the letters said, must be prevented from continuing their support to terrorism and messing around with the international security and peace and compelled to fully abide by the rules of the Security Council’s relevant resolutions 2170, 2178, 2199 and 2253.”
University Hospital, Damascus: Meeting Victims of Western-backed Mortar and Rocket Terrorism, Mar 3, 2015, In Gaza
Media Black-Out on Arab Journalists and Civilians Beheaded in Syria by Western-Backed Mercenaries, Oct 26, 2014, Zero Anthropology, Global Research, Information Clearing House,Rabble.ca, Uprooted Palestinians, in Portuguese
Homs: April car bombing testimonies and tomorrow’s Syria election, Jun 2, 2014, In Gaza
Eva Bartlett is a Canadian freelance journalist and activist who has lived in and written from the Gaza Strip, Syria, and Lebanon. You can follow Eva’s work at here blog In Gaza.
The statements, views and opinions expressed in this column are solely those of the author and do not necessarily represent those of Oceania Saker.