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AlTadhamun Massacre…A Reminder of the War Crimes Committed against Palestinian Refugees in Syria

Published : 12-05-2022

AlTadhamun Massacre…A Reminder of the War Crimes Committed against Palestinian Refugees in Syria

Palestinian refugee families continue to live in perpetual fear over the condition and whereabouts of their forcibly-disappeared relatives after the Guardian published an investigation with footage showing a massacre taking place in Tadamon, near Syria’s capital Damascus, in April 2013, and claiming the lives of 41 people, including Palestinian refugees.

Three Palestinian refugees--Wasim Omar Seyam, Sa’id Ahmad Khatab, Abd Luay AlKubra, residents of Yarmouk Camp, south of Damascus—were identified in the footage.

Tadamon is a suburb south of Damascus. It was there that groups of civilians were rounded up, sent towards an execution pit, and shot dead.

The British newspaper reported that the mass grave contained at least 41 bodies following the massacre. The bodies were then doused with fuel and set alight. In the video footage, soldiers could be heard laughing. The massacre took place just a few miles from Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s seat of power.

The footage is one of the most indictable videos from the whole Syrian conflict and gives a glimpse into a previously untold part of the eleven-year war.

The video is a reminder of the so-called “Mig Massacre”, also known as “Abdul Kader AlHusaini massacre”, in Yarmouk camp for Palestinian refugees, in Damascus. At the time of the attack, the mosque served as a shelter for hundreds of families who fled the regime strikes on the camp. Dozens of civilians, including children and women, were killed in the massacre. The event marked the largest mass exodus from Palestinian refugee camps in Syria. Only a handful of families have regained access to the camp, after the government forces recaptured the area.

A few years ago, some 1,400 people were forced to leave AlSayeda Zeinab Camp for Palestinian refugees before they were horrendously massacred in cold-blood. Women were also raped and victims’ bodies burned down.

Last week, chair of the Independent International Commission of Inquiry on the Syrian Arab Republic Paulo Pinheiro has asserted that detention in Syria is equivalent to disappearance.

Pinheiro stressed that the futures of tens of thousands of civilians are unknown, most of whom have been in the regime's prisons for ten years.

He explained that predictions indicate that most detainees have been executed and buried in mass graves, and others subjected to torture and ill-treatment.

Pinheiro added that being arrested in Syria today is tantamount to disappearing and urged the need to establish an independent mechanism with international authorities to investigate the issue of disappeared civilians.

 

Short URL : https://www.actionpal.org.uk/en/post/13093

Palestinian refugee families continue to live in perpetual fear over the condition and whereabouts of their forcibly-disappeared relatives after the Guardian published an investigation with footage showing a massacre taking place in Tadamon, near Syria’s capital Damascus, in April 2013, and claiming the lives of 41 people, including Palestinian refugees.

Three Palestinian refugees--Wasim Omar Seyam, Sa’id Ahmad Khatab, Abd Luay AlKubra, residents of Yarmouk Camp, south of Damascus—were identified in the footage.

Tadamon is a suburb south of Damascus. It was there that groups of civilians were rounded up, sent towards an execution pit, and shot dead.

The British newspaper reported that the mass grave contained at least 41 bodies following the massacre. The bodies were then doused with fuel and set alight. In the video footage, soldiers could be heard laughing. The massacre took place just a few miles from Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s seat of power.

The footage is one of the most indictable videos from the whole Syrian conflict and gives a glimpse into a previously untold part of the eleven-year war.

The video is a reminder of the so-called “Mig Massacre”, also known as “Abdul Kader AlHusaini massacre”, in Yarmouk camp for Palestinian refugees, in Damascus. At the time of the attack, the mosque served as a shelter for hundreds of families who fled the regime strikes on the camp. Dozens of civilians, including children and women, were killed in the massacre. The event marked the largest mass exodus from Palestinian refugee camps in Syria. Only a handful of families have regained access to the camp, after the government forces recaptured the area.

A few years ago, some 1,400 people were forced to leave AlSayeda Zeinab Camp for Palestinian refugees before they were horrendously massacred in cold-blood. Women were also raped and victims’ bodies burned down.

Last week, chair of the Independent International Commission of Inquiry on the Syrian Arab Republic Paulo Pinheiro has asserted that detention in Syria is equivalent to disappearance.

Pinheiro stressed that the futures of tens of thousands of civilians are unknown, most of whom have been in the regime's prisons for ten years.

He explained that predictions indicate that most detainees have been executed and buried in mass graves, and others subjected to torture and ill-treatment.

Pinheiro added that being arrested in Syria today is tantamount to disappearing and urged the need to establish an independent mechanism with international authorities to investigate the issue of disappeared civilians.

 

Short URL : https://www.actionpal.org.uk/en/post/13093