The Current Crisis Within Khaldieh
by Nuha Abusamra
Various human rights violations have been committed by Assad forces in the Khaldiyeh neighborhood of Homs, a member of the Homs Revolution Council says.
Waleed Fares described the ongoing shelling of homes, cars and property which has left the city in a state of despair the Council member continued estimating an average of four to five attacks a day. Food and medicine shortages have also been reported in the besieged city of Homs where daily regime bombardements continue.
A two-month siege has gripped Homs for nearly two months, where in the month of February 64 men were murdered in Khaldiyeh alone.
Videos uploaded by activists show streets littered with shattered glass, destroyed cars and buildings in ruin.
“I was walking and about 30 meters in front of me,” describes Fares, “a body lay there, dead. I couldn’t pull his body out of the street in fear that I’d be next.” Fares explains that Assad regime forces occupy the tall buildings in the city to claim a wider vantage point to snipe passerbys.
Fares estimates about five children are killed daily in regime attacks, including an unknown number of injuries.
“This is not a war exclusively between two armies,” Fares says, “This is a war on our children.”
Activists claim a three-year old child was killed along with her 30-year old mother seriously injured during an attack today in Homs. The International Red Cross and Red Crescent were unable to arrive to the scene until 36 hours after the incident, activists claim.
Medicines and essential goods are limited and those suffering injuries and illnesses rely on an unsteady supply of coming in from various provinces around the country.