History Repeats Itself
The Hama massacre (Arabic: مجزرة حماة) occurred in February 1982, when the Syrian army, under the orders of the president of Syria Hafez al-Assad, conducted a scorched earth policy against the town of Hama in order to quell a revolt by the Sunni Muslim community against the regime of al-Assad. The Hama massacre, supervised in person by president Assad's younger brother, Rifaat al-Assad, effectively ended the campaign begun in 1976 by Sunni Islamic groups, including the Muslim Brotherhood, against Assad's regime, whose leaders were disproportionately from president Assad's own Alawite sect.
Initial diplomatic reports from western countries stated that 1,000 were killed. Subsequent estimates vary, with the lower estimates claiming that at least 10,000 Syrian citizens were killed, the majority civilians, while others put the number at 20,000 (Robert Fisk), or 40,000 (Syrian Human Rights Committee). About 1,000 Syrian soldiers were killed during the operation and large parts of the old city were destroyed. Alongside events like the Black September massacre in Jordan, the attack has been described as among "the single deadliest acts by any Arab government against its own people in the modern Middle East". The vast majority of the victims were civilians.
According to Syrian media, anti-government rebels initiated the fighting, who "pounced on our comrades while sleeping in their homes and killed whomever they could kill of women and children, mutilating the bodies of the martyrs in the streets, driven, like mad dogs, by their black hatred." Security forces then "rose to confront these crimes" and "taught the murderers a lesson that has snuffed out their breath"
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agulberk (3794) 2011-11-12 7:38
Zalim izzetinde, mazlum zilletinde kalıp, buradan göçüp gidiyorlar. Demek bir mahkeme-i kübraya bırakılıyor, te'hir ediliyor. Yoksa, bakılmıyor değil. Bazan dünyada dahi ceza verir. Kurûn-u sâlifede(Geçmiş asırlarda) cereyan eden âsi ve mütemerrid(inatcı) kavimlere gelen azablar gösteriyor ki: İnsan başı boş değil, bir celal ve gayret sillesine her vakit maruzdur.
xramm (1831) 2011-11-14 8:45
tonlar çok güzel olmuş, belki HDR tonlama var ?
dta (70941) 2011-11-15 4:16
Hello Erhan ,
Interesting to remind us this tragic event , in these sad days for Syria .
Or when the History repeats ...
scyntilla (1844) 2011-11-17 11:35
Fotograf çok güzel, not ona daha da anlam katmış. Hatırla(t)maya yardımcı olduğunuz için teşekkürler.
boa (6265) 2011-11-21 13:00
terrible things have happened/are happening in the middle east. Let`s hope there will be democracy and peace as soon as possibly.
Good overview of Hamah, thanks for your important note.