Hazem confirmed that 60 civilians were martyred in Shbeki, the majority from sniper bullets after ISIS fighters took control of houses placed high above the village which enabled them to assassinate the young men who flocked to defend their families, one by one. Most of these young men did not realise that their hometown was infested by ISIS snipers – just as in the other villages, ISIS had attacked at 4 am under complete darkness and while everyone was sleeping. As in Shrehi, they shot out all the village lights during their approach before entering homes and murdering civilians, including children, while they slept. Hazem told us that a disabled child was beheaded as he lay sleeping in his bed.
These people have rebuilt their lives painfully and slowly. The newly built memorial statues and gravestones at the entrance to each village are a stark reminder of how many innocent lives were taken the morning of the 25th June 2018, when ISIS terrorists entered the villages at 4am and began to slaughter children, women and elderly civilians as they lay sleeping.
As Diaa explains, the land of Syria is more precious now than ever before because its soil has been mingled with the blood of the glorious martyrs who have given their lives to defend their homeland.
While the U.S Coalition have pursued their geopolitical agenda in Syria under the guise of the “war against ISIS” the reality is that the ISIS terrorists covered up to 100km of desert to reach Shbeki from the East – from the direction of the U.S Al Tanf military base. Somehow ISIS bypassed any U.S surveillance and entered the villages to the East of Sweida City without being detected by those who claim to be trying to eradicate them.
The Sweida massacre July 2018 – my article for Mint Press News translated into Arabic.
Salha wept on film when she recalled the tragic events in July 2018 and the loss of her precious son but she also broke into a beautiful smile when speaking of Mu’taz sacrifice for Syria, for Humanity. The light that shone in her face came from a soul that has faced suffering and horror yet still converted it into hope.
In this short interview Ra’ed describes the mental and emotional trauma that he suffered after these tragic, horrific events that ripped his family apart – events that were enabled and supported by the U.S Coalition and barely mentioned in Western media.