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The massacre of Douma by Assad regime on Aug 16-2015

On Sunday, August 16 a reported minimum of 112 civilians were killed in the Damascus suburb of Douma, activists claimed, after Syrian military jets hit a public market at mid-day with two missile strikes, one after rescue workers arrived. It’s being described as one of the deadliest single jet attacks of the war.

According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, four separate missiles were fired in the strikes, which struck the main market in the town during rush hour. Initial airstrikes were reportedly followed shortly afterwards by surface-to-surface missiles which hit people who had rushed to the scene to help.

“I entered the market and the corpses were scattered everywhere, human remains thrown on the produce and vegetables, and under every box of tomatoes was a corpse or part of a corpse.” —Bassam al-Hakeem, a Douma-based photographer

douma market massacre by Bashar al-Assad on August 16, 2015

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Bashar al-assad bloodiest airstrike attack civilian market in Douma

Syria Assad Assault on Doctors 4

A direct assault on the medical system by the Syrian Assad government as a strategy of war.

1) 50+ of the country’s 88 public hospitals have closed because of the ongoing conflict. Many of them in contested areas or in areas outside of government control.
2) Syrian troop forces began detaining doctors, pharmacists, nurses, dentists, relief workers in Homs and other contested areas.
3) The deliberate destruction of pharmacies affects more than the war-wounded.
4) Destruction of power plants by the Syrian troops means no electricity, making it impossible to maintain a cold-chain for vaccines. X-Ray machines and operating room lights are dependent on generators.
5) Paramedics have been tortured and used as human shields.
6) Ambulances have been targeted by snipers and missiles.
7) Emergency medical squads are routinely prevented from evacuating not only wounded rebel fighters but also injured children and other civilians from rebel-held territory.

Direct attacks on medical workers and patients are not only appalling, they also violate the Geneva Conventions.

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Bashar al-Assad
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bashar_al-Assad

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Ground Zero Syria- Chapter 1

Ground Zero Syria: Chapter 1 (Parts 1-6)

Published on Sep 4, 2013

In 2012 VICE commissioned photographer and videographer Robert King to document the civil war that has been ravaging Syria for the past two years. Largely based on Aleppo, Robert’s footage of the violent conflict that continues to unfold in the region is perhaps one of the most thorough and brutally honest documents of a war that is increasingly destabilizing the Middle East as it spills over into neighboring Turkey and Lebanon. This full-length version of Ground Zero: Syria combines all six parts of our series to offer a startling glimpse into a chaotic war with no clear end in sight.

Watch the rest here:
Part 7: http://bit.ly/Ground-Zero-Syria-7
Part 8: http://bit.ly/Ground-Zero-Syria-8
Part 9: http://bit.ly/Ground-Zero-Syria-9

Ground Zero Syria is a series where we’ve compiled photojournalist and videographer Robert King’s footage into a series of raw, largely unedited vignettes that present a snapshot of the ancient city as it crumbles and burns while its citizens are killed indiscriminately.