Talk:Baniyas massacre

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This talk page is almost useless at the moment. It needs a total re-organization. Here I'm inserting some rational headings, with some rational, non-confused sections from below copied in. Others will be created from scratch to finally start organizing the kind of useful page we're known for. Off-topic stuff will be moved and confused/redundant leftover scraps perhaps deleted. In time. Don't rush me. --Caustic Logic (talk) 13:30, 16 July 2013 (UTC)

Location

Baniyas Area Map.png

This is good to know when possible, but not easy to establish here. I may have a match, however, on Wikimapia: جسر راس النبع "Bridge Ras Spring," the last pronounced Raz Naba. The marking makes it look smaller than it is. "Bridge" strengthens it: an early tweet said "Ras Al-Naba' Bridge has been closed. Activists report unusual-looking "soldiers" among the security forces. People are fearing that the "unusual soldiers" may be Hezbollah." --Caustic Logic (talk) 21:53, 24 May 2013 (UTC)

Well, there's a bridge to this area, over the highway, and then there's a river next to it, so it might have once dominated the bridge over that, before the highway divided it, leaving the name attached to the outlying portion. Whatever. At right is the whole area in context, using borders set on Wikimapia, except for al-Nabi, which only marked the middle of it. Al-Bayda and Ras al-Nabi' had reported massacres, with fighting reported in both, and in the Maqrab area. Basateen is mentioned in another early tweet, as above, by Yasmeen Mobayed: "Breaking: Regime forces have surrounded the village of Basateen. All entrances are blockaded." source Note how close all these areas are to each other, along the back route between the fringe district and the southern "liberated" town, fields and the river in between, in a span of about 5 km. The castle at Maqrab would be cool to seize (photo). --Caustic Logic (talk) 11:54, 25 May 2013 (UTC)

Searching for "جسر راس النبع" leads me to this video: Storm the station shares the sea ports in Banias - a battalion of Loyalty and Enmity from April 7th. Some massacre in the making. -- Petri Krohn (talk) 02:50, 26 May 2013 (UTC)

The Local Coordinating Committees published a report on the massacre on May 9, featuring this set of labeled satellite images agreeing on Ras al-Nabi' locale and showing alleged directions of attack (image 1), that alongside some other area (? image 2), and a page with Arabic text (image 3). [1]

For the record,the shown directions of attack on that exclude the back route from al-Bayda to the south that rebel fighters may have taken as they returned to their base and transported their massacring. --Caustic Logic (talk) 10:39, 19 July 2013 (UTC)

This rebel fighter-informed information service points out that Baniyas was one of the first cities where Sunnis rose up in rebellion, and primes the public to accept their version by explaining the demographics (auto-translated from Arabic): "The population of the city of Banias total of all denominations 170 thousand Sunnis 45 thousand / number of Christians almost 20 thousand / rest are overwhelmingly number of Alawites who hate anyone who is not one of them." [1] As proof, consider the Alawite Nidal Jannoud, a 31 year-old farmer from those sinister Alawite villages surrounding Sunni Baniyas, killed in the city when he went to sell his crops, in April, 2011. He was callously filmed as he tried to walk on coated in blood, chased by jeering youths who had sliced his face deeply, were threatening him with rocks, etc. He was reportedly then killed by the mob, for being the wrong kind of Muslim. source --Caustic Logic (talk) 09:38, 19 July 2013 (UTC)

Other locations of interest: The same LCC post mentions a town Jableh ( جبلة ), from which 90 youths of "our people" were detained. [1] This town, Google-translating "protoplasm" is the home of some Baniyas massacre victims (at least the Arnaaout family), and is located here, the next good-sized port city 20 km north up the coast from Baniyas. There's also a Batraya (district? town?) from which some victims, at least those of the Yasin family, hailed, before they were field executed May 6 in Ras al-Nabi, for whatever reason. Didn't find Batraya yet. --Caustic Logic (talk) 09:38, 19 July 2013 (UTC)

Death Toll/VictimsLists

Initial death tolls claimed around 70 civilians were killed, but the SOHR eventually settled (by May 16) on "145 civilians (34 children, 40 women, 71 men) killed in the Banias massacre." [2]

Still more searching (yeah, link number 6 on the Google search page...) leads me to this "Syriasy" page: A report on the city of Banias and the massacre of Ras al-spring - 200 Shahid posted on May 3. The page has photos and two maps confirming your location and even showing the routes of the attacking "shabiha". There is a victim list with 173 names. -- Petri Krohn (talk) 03:20, 26 May 2013 (UTC)
Changes between them: The May 7 list had empty slots but also over-filled ones, and might have balanced out. For example, entry 137 translates "M Ali Taha Subhia and her son Ali Gomaa and his wife, his daughter and his son, who has not attained the age of 15 days." The later LCC list has the same text next to entries 130/134, taking up five entries as they should.--Caustic Logic (talk) 13:26, 17 July 2013 (UTC)
173 entries, many lumped into groups. For example, it starts "Recep family: 1 - Martyr Iman Mostafa Ragab, 2 - Martyr Doaa Mostafa Ragab, 3 - Shahid Mostafa Ragab, 4 - / 21 - Shahid Ahmed Mostafa Ragab Sons (17 martyr)" A man and his 17 sons? Other entries (78-80) are given as "Zionist" ( ال صهيوني ) family. Other families: Yassin, Aladdin, Solomon, Taha, Jalul (17 members!) "Scaife" ال سكيف )) - Alzzouzo, Hussein, etc. Under "ال المصري" (trans: "the Egyptian") are entries 85-173, various ones like "Martyr Issa Turk," "Shaheed Mohamed Abdel Rahman Suleiman and his wife and three children Abdel-Rahman and sentenced Aisha," and for 151-164, "Martyr Issa marble with eight bodies Kano close to him did not know of deformation in addition to the five young people is not recognized them and found shackled hands and with them one Alqrabat (light) near the from Ismail marble shop." --Caustic Logic (talk) 10:54, 26 May 2013 (UTC)

Death Toll By Day

The Syrian Center for Documentation (SCDV) database sometimes undercounts, but gives useful details like alleged death date. For the four day span May 3-6, there are a total of 114 Banias entries not specified as Bayda (most of them Ras al-Nabea), broken down by day as follows:

  • May 3 14 victims listed
  • May 4, 86 victims (89 total, 3 from Bayda, three from Banias: Batraya)
  • May 5 - one listed, Maher Shaaban - death photo included-he's been shown around, I think as an al-Bayda victim. --Caustic Logic (talk) 09:40, 18 July 2013 (UTC)
  • May 6 Banias, 13 victims in "Banias." Only one, Sidra Tahhouf, cute little three-year-old girl with a photo, given as specifically Banias: Ras al-Nabea.

Listed Victims

This section never (yet) took off like it should have. That's life until we get more members, more hours in a day, or something. But there are some good specific findings, below. --Caustic Logic (talk) 05:10, 17 June 2013 (UTC)

SCDV database notes: At least 13 listed victims are unidentified. Families hard-hit are named elsewhere: Rajab, Khadam, Souleman, Jalloul, Taha, in particular. Many pages give video links, but they add nothing, all (it seems) linking to the same video. --Caustic Logic (talk) 09:30, 8 June 2013 (UTC) and --Caustic Logic (talk) 10:23, 8 June 2013 (UTC)

Cyber-heroes "Darkernet" had alarming info about the massacres and victims on May 8. Among the claims: "Ghazal, Aboud, and Mona are three children who were among many slaughtered by Assad’s forces," in either the Bayda or Ras al-Nabi massacre. These names appear on the database above consistently enough for those killed in Ras al-Nabea, as a sampler pack of killed adults from three different families:

Families Hit in Both Baniyas Massacres

This is an interesting pattern I finally sat down and partly sorted out. As we can see the main family targeted in the al-Bayda massacre was that of a government-loyalist imam (Biassi/Bayyasi), so rebels are suggested as the real killers there (other logic also supports that). Other families would be chosen for likely the same reason. And if we see the same families pop up much in both massacres, we have a common thread extending that targeting and suggesting the same rebels with the same gripes against certain loyalist families did both massacres. And it does seem that happens here. The name Biassi doesn't pop up in Ras al-Nabi' but others do overlap. We can't be certain these are the same families, especially with the more common names. But the number of repeats among such small pools of family names seems probably beyond coincidence, and I might not have even got all the shared names. (entry links sporadic - saved some, too much hassle to save and format all)--Caustic Logic (talk) 05:38, 17 June 2013 (UTC)

Biassi

I was slow to list this, but a curious confirmation spurred me. The trouble maker family of al-Bayda has one name representation at least in the Baniyas massacre. The list of 173 names for that specific incident contains no instances of " بياسي " but one is included, misspelled. #88 - فهيمة ياسين ياسي 20 سنة - Fahima Yassin Iasi, 20 years. Looked familiar. The SCDV listed her as killed on May 6 (when a small number of people were killed, and arguably deserve inclusion). Somewhere in Banias (perhaps Beida, I thought), one Fahima Yasin Bayyasi, female, age 20, was reportedly killed by "Shooting," possibly the same post-massacre "regime" sniper that killed a male relative back in Bayda two days before (in turn, two days after the massacre there). In time and space the gripe against this family persists, and it would most likely be a rebel extremist gripe. --Caustic Logic (talk) 13:59, 17 July 2013 (UTC)

Khaddam

Lolo

  • Al-Bayda, May 3: Yaser Mohammad Ali Lolo (adult male)
  • Ras al-Nabi' May 4: Mahmoud Lolo (adult male)

Othman

  • Al-Bayda May 2: Ahmad Mohammad Othman (male child) - Othman Ahmad Othman (adult male) - Mohammad Ibrahim Othman (adult male) - Wasim Othman (adult male)
  • Ras al-Nabi' May 4: Omar Othman, adult male
  • See here for some interesting visuals and thoughts on the Othmans killed in al-Bayda.

Taha

  • Al-Bayda, May 2: Yasr Taha (adult male) - Mohammad Yousef Taha - Kheir al-Din Yousef Taha - Mohammad Ahmad Taha (all 4 adult male)
  • Ras al-Nabi' May 4: Ahmad Mohammad Taha "al-Mokhrez" (adult male) - Jamila Mohammad Taha (married female with kids) - Khadihja Taha (adult female, married with 3 children) - Khadihja Taha's son 1 - Khadihja Taha's son 2 - Khadihja Taha's son 3 - Ali Mohammad Taha (adult male) - Sabah Ali Taha (child-female) - Mohammad Khaled Taha (adult male) - Yaser Khaled Taha (adult-male)

Dahbash?

Is Dahbash the same as Debesh?

Jalloul?

Possible cross-over: Jalloul is a name that pops up as heavily targeted in the second massacre. "Abu Mohammad" told al-Arabiya "the family of Jalul, they killed Abu-Alabed, his two sons, 6 girls, his parents, his two brothers. And the father of Abu-Alabed was disabled, he used the chair he cannot move." The al-Bayda massacre big list of 165 names features two men named Jalul: 64 - Osman Mustafa Jalul ( عثمان مصطفى جلول ) 65 - Abdel Rahman Said Jalul ( عبد الرحمن سعيد جلول ) The first doesn't appear in the SCDV database, but the second Abdulrahman Moustafa Saeid Jalloul is apparently mis-placed; listed there as killed in Ras al-Nabea May 4. He's among 12 people with that name, all but one listed killed on May 4, all in Ras al Nabea. --Caustic Logic (talk) 03:48, 14 July 2013 (UTC)

Above, I didn't notice the Jalloul part of Jalloul al-Dahbash, father and son, for a possible intermarriage link between these families. The LCC's big list of 173 includes this man as entry #44: Mohamed Jalul (aka Aldhbash) - (الشهيد محمد جلول الملقب ( الدحبش His son is #45, Child martyr Mostafa Mohammad Jalul, the aka not mentioned. --Caustic Logic (talk) 04:46, 21 July 2013 (UTC) And a third of that type: 68 Abdlekader Jalol age 75 aka Dahbash --Caustic Logic (talk) 00:29, 13 July 2015 (UTC)

But the most interesting Jalloul link - and it matters - I checked into who's married in, and there are 36-37 clearly-related people. They stand out like the Biasis but the possible central victim/political motivator is opposite: Bayan Jalloul, 21, an administrator with Local Coordinating Committees in Baniyas. It's said she was sending messages about the attack as it happened, until the Shabiha got to her and "rip her face with knives." That and some clues suggest she's the woman on the pile with the hacked-open face. The details and some bizarre side-stories about fiancés are in a new blog post here at Monitor on Massacre Marketing (cites "Abu Mohammed" who's covered below.) --Caustic Logic (talk) 00:29, 13 July 2015 (UTC)

Sabbagh

A rebel witness told al-Arabiya that among the victims "There were the Rajab family, they killed 16 of them and also the family of Sabag, the family of Al-Aleene, the family of Turuk, the family of Dahbaj, the family of Jalul. [4] The name appears on the LCC's big list of 173 names:

Family ال الصباغ (transliterated al alsbagh) (each name is preceded with martyr/shahid

57- Ahmed Mustafa Sabbagh - الشهيد احمد مصطفى الصباغ

58 - Khadija Khalil (wife of Martyr Ahmed) - الشهيدة خديجة خليل ( زوجة الشهيد احمد الصباغ)

59 - Ammar Ahmed Sabbagh- الشهيد عمار احمد الصباغ

60 - Mostafa Sabbagh - الشهيد مصطفى على الصباغ

61 - Nabil Ali Sabbagh - الشهيد نبيل علي الصباغ

62 - Walid Ali Sabbagh - الشهيد وليد علي الصباغ [1]

I scanned Wikimapia for possibly useful labels around Baniyas. There were a few, including (translated) "The land of the sons of Abdul Kafi Sabagh ( الصباغ ) (map link). Right by Maqrab, north of al-Bayda but a ways from Ras al-Nabi'. Fully vulnerable to roaming "Shabiha" attacks. If Abdul came through as a middle name, it would be a better match. In fact by the first name passed down as middle name pattern suggest Mostafa is the father of Ahmed Mustafa, with the wife and son Ammar Ahmed, for three generations in one house. Nabil and Walid might be sons of an Ali Sabagh.

Those With Pictures

I'm not sure about uploading all these, but the point is to create a spot where photos of Baniyas massacre victims can be found and a name, and perhaps details, can be attached. Mostly, these are from SCDV database entries. (partial list of mostly adults after I'd looked at most pictures of children first. Will go back and collect those in time). --Caustic Logic (talk) 04:46, 21 July 2013 (UTC)

Asef Jaber Shaaban

Adult male. Killed May 4 in Ras al-Nabea. Shown dead.

Maher Shaaban

Adult male, Killed May 5 in Banias, unspecified. Shown dead.

Note with these: killed two different days, among the few shown in their blood and terror. SANA reported from al-Bayda on May 15 that "normal life" was back by then, according to locals talking to "Secretary of al-Baath Arab Socialist Party-Tartous Branch, Hassan Shaaban." Two photos probably show him. I'm guessing the middle guy with the un-buttoned jacket, and I do see a possible family resemblance to either of these victims of a massacre that started with the family of a pro-government imam. Nothing slightly obvious, and the name Shaaban doesn't seem very rare. But it's worth noting. --Caustic Logic (talk) 10:27, 21 July 2013 (UTC)
Vague support from rebel boasts- er, claims re: both/all Baniyas massacres combined - "Among the dead were Baathists partisans, they told them we Baathists like you, they (Shabiha-types) replied all of you are dogs and agents Israel and America ... It is clear and evident to the Baathists among the Sunnis that they are being targeted with death..." (Islam Syria, May 6) --Caustic Logic (talk) 10:15, 25 July 2013 (UTC)
Saeid Ibrahim Jalloul

Adult male. Killed May 4 in Ras al-Nabea. Shown alive.

Yousra Khaled Taha

Child, female, age 16. Killed May 4 in Ras al-Nabea. Shown alive.

Yaser Khaled Taha

Adult, male, Killed May 4 in Ras al-Nabea. Shown alive.

Yaser Yousef al-Zir

Child, male, age 16. Killed May 4 in Ras al-Nabea. Shown alive.

Rawan Abdulrahman Saeid Jalloul

Adult, Female, age not given but young. Killed May 4 in Ras al-Nabea. Shown alive. Alternate spelling: Rowan

Mohammad Noor Yaser Mourad

Child, male, age 9, killed May 6 in Banias, unspecified. Shown alive.

Sidra Tahhouf
Sidra Tahhouf waves hello or goodbye in happier (living) days
Exactly one victim of this name appears: child, female, age 3, killed May 6 in Banias, Ras al-Nabea. The 173-victims list includes her, for whatever reason, under the heading for the Yasin family, alongside its three members also killed May 6. --Caustic Logic (talk) 04:46, 21 July 2013 (UTC)

By chance I saw this later horrible reported killing of a possible relative of little Sidra's - "Waleed Tahouf, a coffee vendor of Banias," reported July 14, by the World Organization for the Defense of Human Rights (Facebook) as TORTURED TO DEATH.Specifically, he "was detained and tortured to death by Assad's beasts. Rest in Peace." By the photo of him tending his coffee cart, he was a fairly young and pretty tough guy. --Caustic Logic (talk) 04:46, 21 July 2013 (UTC)--Caustic Logic (talk) 11:48, 18 July 2013 (UTC)

Bassam Mohammed Hamad

The final entry #173 on the big LCC victims list is unusual. Given as بسام محمد حمد - Bassam Mohammed Hamad. He's the only one (I noticed) whose name is not preceded with الشهيد - Al-shahid, martyr. That's likely just a typo, but let's note it. The closest name appearing at the SCDV database is Bassam Mohammad Mohammad, civilian, adult male, field executed May 4 in Banias: Ras al-Nabea (all standard details, nothing unusual). This shows a photo of the man, very beefy, muscular man, with a short beard, shaved head, and very serious-looking, working out at some heated indoor pool. With very little imagination, this could pass as a picture of a terrifying "Shabiha" member. The name added on there seems to agree with the LCC his last name is Hamad. That same photo looked familiar, and I re-located it on Facebook, attached to a picture of an executed man, badly bloated with grotesquely puffed cheeks, severe discoloration of the right arm and a bit purple all over, the massive pool of blood behind his head completely dried and flaking away - despite the total lack of visible maggots (he is indoors FWIW), I say he's been dead at the very least two days. It was posted May 6, whenever it was taken, so could fit with a May 4 death, or earlier, but no later. (better opinion perhaps later) This labeled image gives his death date as May 3, perhaps just meaning the (main/first) date of the massacre. The Bassam dead photo alone in better resolution, posted May 7. --Caustic Logic (talk) 10:32, 19 July 2013 (UTC)

Government Version

Pro-government sources give the first deaths in Baniyas earlier than rebels do, on May 2. But it was, in their version, only against armed rebels: Syrian Perspective blog, drawing on military sources reported on the 2nd three fronts of attack: al-Bayda, Al-Marqab, and "In Banyaas itself, at the Al-Nabi' Quarter, we killed 17 rats." Six names are given; Ali Mashnooq, Safwaan Qaramaan, Mahmoud Al-'Aashiq, Raami Jameel, Nabeel Haddaad, 'Ali Humaydaan (no matches yet with claimed massacre victims) "the rest had no papers." [5]

These events seem to be separate from the mass killings of civilians reported only the following day, and first seen widely only on May 4 and after. Voice of Russia spoke on the 4th to "political analyst Dr Haled Haydar of Baniyas," who reported there was no massacre there, only a fight starting on the 3rd, following the violence in al-Bayda. He said:

On Friday, the authorities discovered armed infiltrators in Baniyas who threatened to bring their radical comrades from abroad to bear on the town’s people. This intimidation campaign was aimed at boosting the morale of the rebel groups. Unfortunately, some foreign media outlets are part of this campaign. Fortunately, the army has eliminated the infiltrators, and Baniyas is back to normal. The town’s people are on the lookout to discover terrorists and immediately report them to the army. No one blames the Syrian army for the latest trouble in Baniyas. [6]

Otherwise, he said, "the situation in Baniyas, Tartus, Latakia and the surrounding areas is peaceful and calm." In contrast, we have images of horrific violence against women and children. Perhaps these happened elsewhere? Actually, it could be. The "thousands" fleeing were, according to Dr. Haydar, "The departure of two or three households."

Massacre Scene Analysis (Women and Children)

The Famous Pile

The famous pile seen from above, anti-government activist photo (blurred)
This is the source of the most famously shocking images of the events here, and one of the worst yet in the war: 20-30 brutalized civilians, including a baby with burnt-off legs, small children with sliced-open faces, and men and women of all ages jumbled together. Truly sickening. Reportedly a government/Shabiha crime, rebels had frequent access to the pile, filming it at night/early morning and for hours in daylight (see videos and analysis below). This, plus night-time access to another array of around 20 bodies of women and children only, come in contrast to what the SOHR calls "evidence proving that the dozens of civilians who were in the torched houses or under the rubble were secretly buried by the Syrian security forces." These could be primarily rebel fighters who died during the rebel defeat and withdrawal, or even foreign fighters rebels burnt to make anonymous. Why were those buried secretly by the state, while these most shocking executed babies were left in the open for rebel cameras to shock the world with? --Caustic Logic (talk) 00:26, 26 May 2013 (UTC)
Location

The sickening pile of men women and children attributed to this massacre is of special interest to me. This is visibly some excess of 20 people, not the 150 - half men-reported. But it must be the main one among two or more such crime scenes, and has been singled out for the most shocking photos to spur help for the rebels. I intend to start with a scenery panorama from available images, especially the larger batch here (warning! Extremely graphic and horrible!) (thanks, Petri). --Caustic Logic (talk) 10:31, 24 May 2013 (UTC)

I made a little graphic to help look for spots, but I doubt I can reliably find it. It's fairly unique- with its stairs between buildings, one with a little walled area and space next to it where the dead were piled, the other with that raised wall and tree, etc. But the resolution just isn't fine enough, and angles and shadows tend to obscure too much. One thought I had and can't shake is that it might not be in Baniyas at all. This area has a pronounced slope to it, like every spot in Al-Bayda does. It's extremely wet here, almost like a creek at the edge of the pile. That means heavy rains and also that this is no small local slope, but there's some more uphill further up the hill that this mass runoff comes from. There seems to be some slope to Ras al-Nabi', the outer parts in the lower foothills - I can't tell just how much, but all in all it's down next to the river and nearer the coast. I've looked around at both for site matches to be sure one way or the other, but I think it's probably futile unless more videos and images come to our attention. --Caustic Logic (talk) 13:21, 25 May 2013 (UTC)

This seems to be a poor / slum quarter. There is something that could fit right in the center of Ras Al-Naba. The photos show that there is a narrow alley with stars extending south or south southwest from the pile. I could not find it on Google Earth. All the buildings and blocks seem to be skewed in the wrong direction. We should establish the exact time (from the shadow of the carpet hanging over the wall) and then establish the exact directions from the shadow of the utility post, estimating a time of 1 to 2 hours between the shots. -- Petri Krohn (talk) 02:38, 26 May 2013 (UTC)

Same problems locating it here. I'm not as good with vertical shadows. These are pretty vertical, suggesting app mid-day. How do you tell if it's late AM or early PM? The rug shadows suggest - what ... 70-75 degrees elevation? For reference, NOAA calculator says (with DST on) 70-75 el = app. 12:30-1:10 PM or, on the down slope, 2-2:40 PM. If that arbitrary range includes 76, the day's high, the whole span 12:30-14:40 is included. So ... not much help so far, sorry. --Caustic Logic (talk) 05:03, 26 May 2013 (UTC)
Notice, that the photo is skewed. You have to compare the the shadows to the edge of the wall. We also have a set of photos some two hours later from the previous day. These might help us establish if it am or pm. -- Petri Krohn (talk) 05:10, 26 May 2013 (UTC)
We also have to consider the wall's not totally vertical, or the rugs wouldn't hang out a distance like that. We have two different days of pictures here? I'm still hazy on such details.

Graphics (pop out in a new tab for useful sized views):

And between these, I agree the stairs branch off to the south or, actually, to the southwest. The diagram here shows the basic layout as seen from above, with three seen shadow lines shown, perhaps confusingly. The high shadows seem to be about 70-75 degree solar elevation, so around sloar noon. Hence, more likely rotation shown in the corner. Note: the northern "low wall" might be roofed over with corrugated sheet metal. We can't see the surroundings past this corner. There seems to be no daytime video of this scene at all, only photos, which is odd. --Caustic Logic (talk) 10:24, 27 May 2013 (UTC)

Shi'ites in Nubol and Zahra Area?

The burnt-legs baby, Fatima Rajab they say -is singled out on a well-informed loyalist Facebook page for claims of fakery. B.N.N. noted, from someone else's infographic with Arabic text, explaining vaguely (as translated) "They stole a picture of massacre of children nobility ( نبل - Nubol ) and Zahra are putting it on it from Banias." That would mean the whole scene was. It would make a twisted sense - after Sunnis were killed around Baniya, a quick (and amplified!) revenge massacre of blockaded Shi'ites near Aleppo (who do suffer random kidnappings and such after being put at rebel mercies). You call it Baniyas again, use to spur even greater anger against more Shi'ites huddled in their bedrooms. I'm skeptical, whatever made someone say the photo was recycled. We have so many reports, numerous videos, red cross appearance, etc. The last I don't know if they've verified, but it's all been attributed to Baniyas. Or was it? Let me double-check what they said ... it mentioned Aleppo, didn't it? Yes... 31 bodies recovered, in Aleppo ("front line"), three weeks earlier. Never mind. I presume some error in that claim, but mention it just in case. --Caustic Logic (talk) 11:51, 1 August 2013 (UTC)

Ten in a Clinic

Another horrible video, would be worse and more useful if resolution were better. Interior shot, daylight, at least ten bodies piled into two adjoining rooms, perhaps of some kind of clinic. Four dead young children (age 1-5?) are laid on a red cushioned table/bed. A baby boy and a girl have necks sliced open neatly on the left side (0:24, 0:31). Another girl was apparently wounded mainly in the chest (0:28). The oldest girl has a massively split-open skull with brains visible (0:35). In the next room, adults and older kids. A horrific boy laid aside by himself has his left eye popping out of the lids, and the right eye and the head around it seem to be missing in a bloody mess (0:48). Probably powerful point-blank gunshot. Next to him, a row of at least five adults - four women and a man, most of them fairly young, cause of death unclear. At the end, a living but unhappy baby, a gash in his right hip, crying as he lays orphaned, rebels rolling him around to show the wound. --Caustic Logic (talk) 05:36, 1 July 2013 (UTC)

Others

  • Warning, horrible photo: #Syria, One more picture from the #Banyas massacre This might be misattributed or not, published on Tmblr May 7 by a Hind Hassan, re-posted at Yalla Souriya May 10. A (dead?) woman, a giant kitchen butcher knife is embedded halfway in her skull, just above her left eye. She's on a hospital bed, with tubes and neck brace saying someone tried to save her. From the blood on the blade, it might have been used to stab someone else, and much deeper, before it was sunk in her head. After what she wintessed, maybe she'd rather not be revived. Caption: "Sorry for the picture ! But the world have to see what happening in Syria 18++" --Caustic Logic (talk) 05:36, 1 July 2013 (UTC)

Massacre Scene Analysis (Men)

These could be rebel fighters, civilian-dress pro-government militia, or total civilians from either side. They tend to be fighting-age males, but that doesn't mean they were fighters or died fighting.

Roadside Batch 1

Baniyas Victims roadside Batch.jpg
In a widely-seen photo (inset), at least eight men, some bound hands-behind with wire, shirts over heads but shoes on, discoloration and bloating - they've been dead some 2-3 days or so. Camouflage boots far left? here they are on video, covered, May 6: No victims details, just enough to match the scene, and add scenery context, curving road by a wall and nothing else but trees and birds. --Caustic Logic (talk) 11:31, 26 May 2013 (UTC)
There is an unfinished 5-story building in the background. -- Petri Krohn (talk) 09:10, 27 May 2013 (UTC)

Next to a Burned House

Screenshot from video by baniasfreeforever

At least five murdered men said to be Ras al-Nabi' victims, partly covered with rugs but in an advanced state of decay, can be seen in some photos, like this one, and an icky video, given as May 6. There, these bodies appear to be dead some 5 days or more, with severe discoloration and bloating and masses of maggots. So, what was happening there in the few days before the government/Hezbollah/whoever attack started about May 3? By their clothing, it seems civilian, modern, middle class, middle-aged, men were being executed. In another video, given as May 5, we can see they're just outside a burned-out and ransacked house, a large and fairly nice one, at one time. What happened to the women and children is not entirely clear. --Caustic Logic (talk) 08:24, 27 May 2013 (UTC)

Mourned by Three Boys

Baniyas mourning boys.png
An oddball scene I wanted to highlight. I've seen this around, but can't ATM place it clearly in Baniyas or Bayda. (probably not hard to match to a known scene, in time). Anyway, it was included in this "Revolting Syrian" opinion piece: "The Baniyas Massacre: Why Assad Did It." That theorized brilliantly that "the primary reason (for the massacres) is to extinguish the nationwide revolt against him. Each massacre is more hideous than the last one (as hard as it is to imagine). He hopes that ‘this one’ will ‘finally’ terrify people into giving up their quest to free them from his tyrannical bondage. ... Yet as we have seen, even this systematic genocide has been to no avail. If anything, all of these tactics only strengthen the resolve of the survivors and the people of Syria." And so Assad continues. And this picture (cropped version at right) helped illustrate that. "Three boys mourn over the body of their father who was executed in the street." Extremely subjective, I know, but I read the exressions more like this (left-to-right) "Heh, that guy peed his pants. Hey, lookit me by a dead guy." "Don't mind my brother, we're sad as hell." "Is this how you look sad? 'oh noes!' Wait, can we try again?"--Caustic Logic (talk) 06:38, 1 July 2013 (UTC)

Mass Flight After the Massacre

World Reaction

  • France Condemns the "ugly act" - Kuwait News Agency, KUNA (English): Foreign Ministry spokesperson Philippe Lalliot said “France condemns this ugly act which shows the escalation of violence in Syria and is considered a war crime and those responsible should face international justice.” KUNA reports that he added that the Baniyas massacre shows the Syrian Arab Army's boundless "cruelty," their “continuous use of scorch land policy" and their "inciting confrontation between sects.”
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has addressed Syrian President Bashar al-Assad from Ankara after a massacre of civilians by Syrian regime forces in Banias, saying “you will definitely pay the price for this.” “You will pay the price very heavily for your show of strength on little babies, which you did not show to others. The moans of these children that reach the skies will bring divine revenge onto you,” Erdoğan said in the closing speech of a Justice and Development Party's (AK Party) consultation meeting on Sunday. “We also have the responsibility of…Damascus, Hama, Aleppo and Homs on our shoulders and not just of Iğdır, Hakkari, Van, Sinop, Diyarbakır or İstanbul,” Erdoğan noted, addressing AKP members. “We have a responsibility to those victims who were brutally killed in Syria, most of them children and women,” Erdoğan said.
A video issued on Wednesday from the northern province of Raqqa, which is controlled by Islamist rebels, showed three blindfolded men sitting on the curb of a central roundabout before being shot in the head with a pistol. A man speaking in the video said the executions were revenge for killings in the coastal town of Banias two weeks ago.

Same victims: ”We respond to the criminal Bashar who is killing Sunnis everywhere,” the man with the megaphone said. “Now we decided to come close to God by killing those Alawites…” (ABC News)

“We felt the need to raise awareness about potential genocide taking place in Syria,” said Kenan Rahmani, the ‘die-in’ organizer and board member of the Syrian American Council, the nation’s largest Syrian American advocacy group. “Entire families were executed by Assad forces in Banyas, in an area where there were no rebel fighters, simply because they were Sunni Muslims living peacefully in a predominantly Alawite governorate. According to eyewitnesses we are in contact with, the actual death toll is over 1400, with dozens of women and children left in the streets after being stabbed, raped, and burned.”

(On genocide, it was reported on May 14, some 40% of the app. 100,000 people killed so far (41,000) are Alawites.)--Caustic Logic (talk) 00:09, 27 May 2013 (UTC)

Sources to Consider

  • Banias Massacre.blogspot.com A dedicated site, apparently by a person who mostly tweets, apparently named Baniyas Massacre. All their life, that name was such a burden, but finally their calling has arrived! Gonna make papa Houla so proud! Is it just the one post there from May 8? Starts out asking "What was happening during the massacres?" but proceeds instead to compile a whole lot of rebel allegations. A handy resource. Gives some names and alleged details. --Caustic Logic (talk) 12:22, 25 May 2013 (UTC)
Estimated number of activists and parents death toll at more than 400 martyrs knowledge and documented nearly 160 dead and note that the system has to take many of the bodies within Brad to save the vegetables (refrigeration units?) before being allowed to approaching residents of the neighborhood. The names of them have been identified: On this valuable page, a batch of photos, a Local Coordinating Committees report, and a big list of 173 victims follows. [9] These last are sourced independently :
173 entries, many lumped into groups. For example, it starts "Recep family: 1 - Martyr Iman Mostafa Ragab, 2 - Martyr Doaa Mostafa Ragab, 3 - Shahid Mostafa Ragab, 4 - / 21 - Shahid Ahmed Mostafa Ragab Sons (17 martyr)" A man and his 17 sons? Other entries (78-80) are given as "Zionist" ( ال صهيوني ) family. Other families: Yassin, Aladdin, Solomon, Taha, Jalul (17 members!) "Scaife" ال سكيف )) - Alzzouzo, Hussein, etc. Under "ال المصري" (trans: "the Egyptian") are entries 85-173, various ones like "Martyr Issa Turk," "Shaheed Mohamed Abdel Rahman Suleiman and his wife and three children Abdel-Rahman and sentenced Aisha," and for 151-164, "Martyr Issa marble with eight bodies Kano close to him did not know of deformation in addition to the five young people is not recognized them and found shackled hands and with them one Alqrabat (light) near the from Ismail marble shop." --Caustic Logic (talk) 10:54, 26 May 2013 (UTC)

Noteworthy Opposition Witnesses

Abu Mohammad

Al-Arabiyah, via Yalla Souriya: translates an interview with "Abu Mohammad an eye witness who survived the massacre of ... Ras-Elnabe’ in Banyas." He establishes his credibility with "The people were living in peace before, we have nothing in the villages and there were no armed rebels." So for no reason whatsoever,

("the army") entered at 3:30 and they started shelling, it was around 20 to 30 shell in a minute. The houses were ruined and then they entered and killed everyone alive. This was only one street that I am telling you about if I include other streets, the number of dead exceeds 1500. They are over 1000 only in Ras-elnabe’. They brought a truck (freezer) and they started putting the bodies inside. They took more than 200 martyrs, more than 200 martyrs.
("the army") reached the first house and they forced all people out and they turned their faces to the wall and shot them all. Then in the second house, they killed around 4 or 5. At this time I put some of my family outside and I came back to take the rest of them to take them. Here when I came back I was forced to hide in a little basement. I was stuck inside so I said I am not better than the rest. They took all my family outside with other families. They turned their faces to the wall. They were around 35 members of my family. This is only from my family; there were other families as well. They asked them to turn their faces to the wall and they all did including children. The youngest among them was 15 days old. 8 children among them are aged between 15 days and one year and a half, two years, and three years. Then, one of the army men said literally ” kill all of them do not have mercy at anyone, kill all of them have no mercy at anyone”. I was at this moment in the basement and I heard everything ... After they killed the children. They piled them over each other. And one of them said look this one is still alive, and then they shot the baby in the head. They were picking them one by one and shooting them. If you have seen the pictures, there were two children after they killed them, they burned their hands and legs.

Note: From the number, variety, and piling of victims, he seems to be saying he's the survivor of the horribly piled victims, I count between 30-35 in number. --Caustic Logic (talk) 11:28, 27 May 2013 (UTC)

Presenter: People also said that the killers were speaking a non Syrian accent. Through what you have seen, have you noticed this?
Abu Mohammad: Yes yes my dear sister, there was speech I did not understand. I am Syrian from Banyas from Ras-elnabe’. There was speech I could not understand. Some of them were wearing (fatigues), others wearing civilians and white (shoes). They were around 150. ... And the killers belong to more than one sect. There are Alwitte and Shia and from Iran. There are accents I have never heard of. I am Arab and Syrian. I have never heard of such accents.
There were the Rajab family, they killed 16 of them and also the family of Sabag, the family of Al-Aleene, the family of Turuk, the family of Dahbaj, the family of Jalul. The family of Jalul, they killed Abu-Alabed, his two sons, 6 girls, his parents, his two brothers. And the father of Abu-Alabed was disabled, he used the chair he cannot move. And you have also the family of Lahoof and Qasem. ... And there is also the family of Dandesh, they were all burned inside their homes. Three houses are close to each other, they burned them inside their homes. ... When I went outside I saw a little girl crawling and raising her hands. She was shot twice in her hands. When I saw her I felt dizzy and lost consciousness. A neighbour came when he saw me like this he waked me up and we took the little girl. There was also one man of her family still alive.
Abu Mohammad: For an hour and a half they remained standing in front of my relatives’ house. After they turned their faces to the wall and shot them all, they went to continue killing in the other houses. They raided other families and the one after and after. ... I am telling you of what I have seen in my own eyes. I went to check what happened to the neighbours, I could not find anyone. More than 1000 died in this area.

"Omar"

New York Times, May 14:

After dragging 46 bodies from the streets near his hometown on the Syrian coast, Omar lost count. … Omar, of nearby Ras al-Nabeh, the man who had dragged dozens of bodies from the streets, said he had helped Bayda residents pick up bodies, placing 46 in two houses and the rest in a mosque, then had run away, fearing the return of the killers. He said he had recognized some bodies, including the village sheik, Omar al-Bayassi, whom some considered pro-government. ... For four days, he said, he could not eat, remembering the burned body of a baby just a few months old; a fetus ripped from a woman’s belly; a friend lying dead, his dog still standing guard. [7]

The only burned baby we can verify is supposed to have been killed in Baniyas, and the only pregnant woman we have a visual on is also supposed to be there, and wasn't cut open, at the time of the one rebel video anyway. There's a case here, far from conclusive, for some kind of massacre confusion that's a clue of deception. --Caustic Logic (talk) 12:26, 27 May 2013 (UTC)


Less-Sorted Content

(to be re-organized)

Baniyas and Al-Bayda Massacres

This is shaping up to be a massive propaganda effort with a time release factor set to revive it at the Houla anniversary and, well, now, as the world tires of the stalemate and considers what next. The BBC article is just one of many now appearing with new witnesses and details, like the Biyasi family, the loyalist Imam's, which lost over 36 members in this total Shabiha genocide! They even killed their own for no good reason. Also, all these and the WIkipedia page are just lumping these events together. I don't feel up to it ATM, but maybe there should be a page for the general disucssion of both, general patterns, etc. We have all this moving around and sloppiness requiring it (see below), so ... If so, all these articles should be linked and analyzed there.

Baniyas Massacre

Moved from Talk:Al-Bayda Massacre.
"Commander of the #Banyaas Massacre, who goes by the name 'Ali Kayali' and is from Antakya. These are the criminals who will only continue to kill. #Syria"

Should this have its own page? According to the BBC (mainstream) version from activists, "Activists said at least 77 people - 20 from the same family - were killed, a day after 72 died in nearby al-Bayda." Sorry that's all I have. I think yeah, a page for each, closely linked. But I'll ask as a stalling maneuver. --Caustic Logic (talk) 12:30, 6 May 2013 (UTC)

For now, I think we should keep these together. Maybe we can move this page to Baniyas massacre.
This may just be rebel FUD. The Al-Bayda Massacre was shown to be a hoax. The response: it did not happen there, but here. You just did not look in the right place. -- Petri Krohn (talk) 12:39, 8 May 2013 (UTC)
Wait, are you saying they're passing off one massacre as two, or at least that there is only one? They are, as I note, the same basic size and right by each other in time and space. But if only one, it was all in Al-Bayda, with that central square, right? I would guess they might like naming Banyas better as the locale (close enough, arguably) and its coastal/Sunni implications. Not that I suspect rebels had the run of the place or its docks... But we have the right town for the page, not the wrong one then. But we could use more detail. I suppose a search for documentation of each alleged massacre would help. If there's only documentation for one, that's probably all there is. --Caustic Logic (talk) 23:05, 8 May 2013 (UTC)

This seems to be evolving into a big, 100+ massacre of children. (At least according to pro-revolutionary social media). We should start collecting all the photos and videos and uploading them here. I can now say one scene is staged. -- Petri Krohn (talk) 12:58, 8 May 2013 (UTC)

I've been meaning to ... I will in time (not quick enough to be timely) gather some videos, perhaps looking for Baniyas too as explained right above. --Caustic Logic (talk) 23:05, 8 May 2013 (UTC)
Most references about Baniyas are in fackt about the Baida massacre. Something did happen in Baniyas though: Thinks smoke in Ras Al-Naba' Neighborhood, #Banias. -- Petri Krohn (talk) 23:16, 19 May 2013 (UTC)

Sources

Video

An unseen massacre video:

Mihrac Ural 

  • Banias massacre suspect claims Israel behind Reyhanlı bombings Erdogan has accused him of being the mastermind of that bombing as well as the Banias massacre, where Erdogan claims 700 civilians were slaughtered. He really lost it. Don't think Ural has any insight into who commited the bombing and blaming Israel is kind of the reflex position in these circles, but it's kind of interesting what he says about Banias - denies any involvement, of course. Josh Landis has written one of his pathetic orientalist tirades quoting Ural out of context making it look as if he was talking about "ethnic cleansing" in the video when he obviously meant getting rid of armed "traitors". He confirms that in the above article and I pointed it out yesterday rather politely in a comment to Landis' article which contained the word Orientalism ... awaits moderation. Still. hahaha. Would be comment 15 of already 90 or so, so I don't think it will make it through. That guy is a master of being constantly wrong since two years, although I think he's not doing it intentionally like so many others. ;oD --CE (talk) 14:51, 14 May 2013 (UTC)
Being right and earning a living are two different things. -- Petri Krohn (talk) 20:44, 14 May 2013 (UTC)
Yeah! He must have been responsible for the Reyhanlı bombings too. -- Petri Krohn (talk) 22:45, 14 May 2013 (UTC)
Combined with the ridiculous censorship it isn't easy as this op-ed in Today's Zaman, which is a Gülen movement hence pro-AKP publication, shows. --CE (talk) 23:29, 14 May 2013 (UTC)

Photo analysis

Baby girl with burnt feet

There are several pictures of this girl. Some with charred feet, later ones show her lined up under the tree utility pole with only stumps left. -- Petri Krohn (talk) 14:39, 19 May 2013 (UTC)

Dear Jesus... dignity revolution? Can't even use any kind of blur or anything? I know she's a baby, but ... wow, legs like burnt matchsticks, while alive, perhaps on purpose, or quite like in the chaos of things blowing up in populated areas. WIll check the NYT article that describes her. --Caustic Logic (talk) 09:40, 20 May 2013 (UTC)

The baby outside in the pile of bodies for two days. Who took this photo of her on a carpet and when? -- Petri Krohn (talk) 00:55, 20 May 2013 (UTC)

May 3, no later. Is that early? I'm vague on this second massacre(s). Yasmeen's sources are very informed, as if they're embedded with the angel of death's own unit there. --Caustic Logic (talk) 09:40, 20 May 2013 (UTC)

In Arabic sources, mostly, this little girl has been named for a while. At least since this posted on May 8 in this "Syrianarmyfree.com" huge collection of horrible images, most from the Baniyas massacres, but some definitely not (a blown-up suicide bomber from Libya and the famous rows of wrapped dead from Iraq, used for the Houla massacre, are included, plus other repeats I notice). The text there gives her name as " فاطمة رجب " or Fatima Rajab (Rajb/Rajab/Recep, all same name, being a holy month of or near Ramadan, when no fighting is allowed). Another Facebook re-post later in May had text translating in part "a child, she and her family executed shot at the hands of Hama Diar" (" حماة الديار "). "We are all "Fatima" For you the Revolution continues." Where I first caught it was this May 14 post in English, adding "Fatima is now known as the Princess of Banias. Rest in Power, Fatima.  Rest in Power." The picture doesn't seem to have been included, but Anne Barnard mentioned this victim in her May 14 NYT article (page 2): "Residents posted smiling pictures of children they said had been killed: Moaz al-Biassi, 1 year old, and his sister Afnan, 3. Three sisters, Halima, Sara, and Aisha. Curly-haired Noor, and Fatima, too little to have much hair but already sporting earrings." This helps clarify the other images next to hers on the Syrianarmyfree.com post: I have seen the three sisters elsewhere, - Aysha Abdullah Fattouh Bayyasa, both sisters listed with same photo, mom, dad listed too (here). So three members of the pro-government family. As for the other two, by deduction: little Moaz (5 months?), and Afnan, also of the gov't loyalist Biassi family. Also, four young kids are shown raising victory signs and smiling. Not sure who those are supposed to be. --Caustic Logic (talk) 10:08, 28 June 2013 (UTC)

(see here for corrections/details on the stricken-out part. --Caustic Logic (talk) 12:08, 6 July 2013 (UTC)

Pile of bodies in courtyard

The SOHR photo (published earlier on May 8th by Syrian Revolution Digest, and here on May 5th and May 4th) of the pile is the earliest, taken at around noon. It is possible this photo is taken by the perpetrators of the massacre.

Another photo (published earlier) shows the photo some two hours hours later. There is no movement in most of the bodies, confirming they are indeed dead and not acting out a massacre for the cameras. The girl in the red "28" shirt has been slightly moved. She is later seen lined up next to the pole. The woman in a black dress with a blue face has disappeared. The boy in a striped red shirt, originally lying on top of her, has been thrown further back in the pile. The body shows rigor mortis as his stretched arm is still in the same position.

I do not think the people died or were killed in situ. There is no blood, no bullet holes on bodies or on walls. No apparent cause of death. More likely the bodies were dumped on the spot after death. The most likely explanation is that the people suffocated in a fire. The case has thus similarities with the alleged Aqrab Massacre. -- Petri Krohn (talk) 14:55, 19 May 2013 (UTC)

On the right, bleeding through the back, a row of splatters. Other bullet holes, but I suspect it was a pre-massacre home assault. Many were from this home, but other brought to maximize the pile. Shabiha buried these people in secret, I think it's said, but only after rebels got photos of the whole pile. --Caustic Logic (talk) 09:40, 20 May 2013 (UTC)

continued... The way the bodies are entangled is a mystery. Most likely they were dropped from a roof or balcony above the spot. In fact, my cache of photos has two photos filmed from above. (One of them is here in the Syrian Revolution Digest post.) The photos from above, showing the 2 o'clock configuration, show the boy in the striped red shirt and the blue-faced woman on top of the pile, highly entangled with other bodies. It is as if the woman had been pulled from the pile in the noon picture. This would mean that the SOHR noon photo would have to be taken a day later.

Possible, but a combo of killed there, tossed from a truck, and dragged into place might also explain it. But tossing into a pile, pain in the ass it might be, does have a sick appeal I could see such beasts going for. --Caustic Logic (talk) 09:40, 20 May 2013 (UTC)

Also of interest is that the photos from show physical wounds. The men have some blood stains, another woman has her face slit in halve, most likely with a saber. -- Petri Krohn (talk) 15:54, 19 May 2013 (UTC)

Horrible shit there. I agree, maybe a an axe remove part of that poor woman's face, leaving her with that shocked gasp for a bit. In the SOHR photo, is that girl in the foreground in 28 missing her right hand and trailing ash? Are those other ash trails on the grass by her? Also in the center, apparent young adult male,looks like a sliced throat from this angle, but the above view clarifies that's an illusion. Numerous gashed heads, greater barbarity than at Houla. --Caustic Logic (talk) 09:40, 20 May 2013 (UTC)

This video, published May 3rd, shows that same family dead, at night, possible inside their house in the same pile, but in yet another arrangement. -- Petri Krohn (talk) 21:42, 19 May 2013 (UTC)

This set of photos is also taken at noon on the second day. The Red Crescent is present, clearing the pile of bodies. -- Petri Krohn (talk) 00:17, 20 May 2013 (UTC)

Videos

I am sorry for not linking to my playlist earlier:

(The list is totally unsorted, most likely with many duplicates. It now has 47 videos.)
Will check this. I finally scanned and found I think most of them myself. --Caustic Logic (talk) 10:32, 25 May 2013 (UTC)

There are two videos (one in two different lengths) of dead families filmed at night with flashlights. One is the well known family in the pile, filmed outside. The other family is filmed inside in their home. The cause of death is mystery. Could be suffocation.

It may be that this family has the three dead girls shown in photos. One of the girls in the bed has a long cut on her arm. No blood, could have been inflicted post mortem. -- Petri Krohn (talk) 03:50, 25 May 2013 (UTC)

Interesting. Them all dying just sitting there, so many, makes a bit more sense with inescapable gas. And there are some very bloody injuries, but many others as you point out not bleeding. Not sure how long a body has to be dead to not bleed from a cut. A head-shot, of course, will be bloody no matter what. I see small hole in the neck (0:37), larger hole in the jaw (0:45) in the jaw and under the chin, deep shoulder gash and two elbow injuries (0:55), all fairly visible and non-bloody. There's a pregnant woman, not at the moment cut open. --Caustic Logic (talk) 10:32, 25 May 2013 (UTC)

I do not know if this daytime video is from the same house. -- Petri Krohn (talk) 03:37, 25 May 2013 (UTC)

Wrong link, but it has two women, 2-3 kids ... I think it's probably al-Bayda. Always gender-segregated, these massacres. --Caustic Logic (talk) 10:32, 25 May 2013 (UTC)

Yet another dead family on video: -- Petri Krohn (talk) 04:45, 26 May 2013 (UTC)

Note: بنياس is pronounced Biniyas or so, plus the date, means this one (unlike some of the above) IS allegedly from this alleged regime massacre. --Caustic Logic (talk) 07:36, 30 June 2013 (UTC)

His video also claims to be from the same place. Dead men wrapped in carpets. MAGGOT WARNING!!!

Uploaded May 12:


Timeline?

I believe the massacre happened on May 2, 2013. This rebel video (and this) shows the bodies outside, at dark, in heavy rain. Weather history for Banias, Syria shows it was raining at 11 pm on May 2nd. There was no rain or even clouds in the following days.

There are two sets of photographs of the bodies. One set shows the bodies around noon, with Red Crescent workers moving and removing the bodies. Another set, taken some two hours later in the day, shows the undisturbed pile. It is my understanding that the body removal happened on May 4th. (I though I had a link to a photo published on that day.) Except for the movement of three bodies, the the two sets are largely consistent. I believe the nighttime video shows some of the bodies in positions that are inconsistent with either of the two daytime photo sets, necessitating that video is was shot on the night between the 2nd and the 3rd.

Rebel sources claim that Ras Al-Naba' was attacked by security forces on May 3rd. If the massacre happened on May 2nd, it would undermine rebel claims it was executed by "regime" forces. -- Petri Krohn (talk) 09:00, 27 May 2013 (UTC)

Rain on the [cusp?] between the 2nd and 3rd but not the 3rd and 4th? Oohh... In fact, some sources are saying it only started on the 4th, and continued for days, until they could start filming bodies on the 5th and 6th. NYT: "On May 4, shelling and gunfire began to hit Ras al-Nabeh. Abu Yehya, a resident, hid in his house with his wife and two children, who stayed quiet: “Their instincts took over.” Two days later, he said, he emerged to find his neighbors, a family of 13, shot dead against a wall." [7] I guess it's supposed to have been in waves. 1,500 killed at least, probably ten times that! Doesn't happen in a day. Some were apparently dead before May even began. --Caustic Logic (talk) 12:05, 27 May 2013 (UTC)

In one of the videos the camera is held upside down. I helps a great deal if you rotate the video 180 degrees. I watched my downloaded copy using VLC and instructions found here. (The "Transform" function was on a different tab than in the example.) -- Petri Krohn (talk) 15:56, 27 May 2013 (UTC)

I analyzed the the videos: The first one is consistent with the photos from May 3rd, meaning it is most likely shot on the night between the 3rd and the 4th. I may be wrong about the rain; what sounds like heavy rain may be water pouring down the stairs. There is a flow of water even on the May 4th photos. The second video is inconsistent with both photosets. What is missing are the two blankets. We can see the faces of two women that are not revealed in any the photographs. The girl in the Red "18" shirt is in yet another position. Although the girl moves between May 3rd and 4th the positions are somewhat similar and inconsistent with the video. The video is from before the photosets, meaning from the night after May 2nd. On the video there seems to be rain dropping on the leftmost girl's bloody face. -- Petri Krohn (talk) 17:04, 27 May 2013 (UTC)

Agreed -there could be rain, but quiet if so, and the pouring water is the same "runoff" we'd see all day long, pouring in the sun. I wonder if there was a burst water main a little ways uphill, or something like that. Apparently not the big leadwe thought it might be. --Caustic Logic (talk) 06:42, 28 May 2013 (UTC)

I really wonder who posted this photo of the baby with burnt feet on the web on May 4th. The baby is lying inside on a carpet with burnt feet still in place. The baby was later thrown into the pile outside and never again photographed with the burnt stumps.

That is a good question. --Caustic Logic (talk) 06:42, 28 May 2013 (UTC)

Could this be the first post: 4:29 AM (EET?)- 4 May 2013 by @yasmeenmobayed -- Petri Krohn (talk) 18:04, 27 May 2013 (UTC)

Could be. This is what I thought put it on the 3rd (was I totally wrong, or didn't a few things say that?). Because on my end the date says 6:29 PM - 3 May 13. So apparently it shows your local time. So, like what, 4 or 5:29 AM Syria time? --Caustic Logic (talk) 06:42, 28 May 2013 (UTC)

This rebel post, titled The Massacre of Baniyas, Tartous (Syria) .. Cont’d is dated "May 2". The linked YouTube videos are from May 3rd. (Some more here.) -- Petri Krohn (talk) 18:11, 27 May 2013 (UTC)

One of the "May 3rd" photos posted at 04-05-2013 15:45 pm (Spamfilter: http://www . gulfup . com/?TB8VZ0) -- Petri Krohn (talk) 19:18, 27 May 2013 (UTC)

This page tells how to access YouTube metadata from the YouTube site, including upload time. How to Get Accurate “Birth Times” of YouTube Videos (I should have found this information 2 years ago.)

Thanks for that. Should have already checked the May 2 al-Bayda videos. Hey, if you get bored ... --Caustic Logic (talk) 10:56, 6 July 2013 (UTC)

The earliest material from the massacre may be this version of the later video, filmed on the night between the two sets of photographs. (May 3, May 4) My view of YouTube says is "Published on May 3, 2013". YouTube [gdata.youtube.com/feeds/api/videos/eW5LX5EJ6Og?v=2 metadata] says it was uploaded on 2013-05-04 at 06:07:04 (UTC) by Aljazeerea. (Very fast work from the activists!)

The YouTube video links to the Facebook page of Aljazeera Coastal: https://www.facebook.com/elsahelieh The page kicks into action on May 4th, after a month of silence with a new cover photo and this massacre post. -- Petri Krohn (talk) 08:22, 12 June 2013 (UTC)

Baniyas Chemical Genocide Planned?

I just caught this minutes-old news as I happened to look at the Syria Truth Facebook page. The Arabic was gibberish, but the tag #Banias caught my eye:

‏#الحقيقةالسورية | ‏#طرطوس : وحدة من قواتنا الباسلة تضبط مستودعا يحوي 281 برميل من المواد الكيماوية الخطرة والسامة سعة كل برميل 250 لتر في إحدى المزارع المهجورة بريف ‏#بانياس
# Tartous: the integrity of our valiant forces control the reservoir containing 281 barrels of hazardous chemicals and toxic capacity of each 250-liter barrel in one of the abandoned farms in Brief (reef?) # Banias

The kind of farms that are abandoned before the army arrives will tend to be last occupied by "freedom fighter" types.I can see 281 barrels of toxics being smuggled south from Idleb, I have a hunch. If the Obama red line of chemical weapons use could be made to run across the fruitful plains of Baniyas genocide claims, that might seems well worth a try for the ever-suicidal "regime" of rebel making. For the real "regime" and it's mostly-Sunni conscript army, it seems even more worth a thwarting, and maybe a thorough documentation. --Caustic Logic (talk) 10:43, 6 July 2013 (UTC)

Accompanying the Russian announcement of its findings on rebel CW use in Aleppo, the Syrians also announce this story, as RT passes on in its June 9 report:

The Syrian government invited chief UN chemical weapons investigator Ake Sellstrom and UN disarmament chief Angela Kane for talks in Damascus on Monday, announcing that a rebels-linked storage site containing piles of dangerous chemicals had been discovered.
“The Syrian authorities have discovered yesterday in the city of Banias 281 barrels filled with dangerous, hazardous chemical materials,” Syrian UN Ambassador Bashar Ja’afari said, adding that the chemicals were “capable of destroying a whole city, if not the whole country.”
The chemicals, which included monoethylene glycol and polyethylene glycol, were found in a storage site used by “armed terrorist groups,” Ja’afari explained. He said that Syria has started an investigation into the discovery.

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 Local coordination committees in the city of Banias coast Release the report at 05/09/2013 - 1434 e Facebook post, May 9, 2013
  2. 145 civilians (34 children, 40 women, 71 men) killed in the Banias massacre Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, Facebook, May 16, 2013
  3. 3.0 3.1 حصيلة شهداء مجزرة رأس النبع ما أستطعنا توثيقهلمركز الإعلامي لجبل التركمان (Media Center for Turkmen Mountain, Facebook post, May 7, 2013
  4. Facebook post by Coordination of Doctors in Homs, May 8, 2013 ("This is the text of an interview with Abu Mohammad an eye witness who survived the massacre of Banyas and narrated on Al-Arabiyah T.V what he saw in Ras-Elnabe' in Banyas" "Interview translated by Welsh Solidarity for Syria page")
  5. FIRST POST - MAY 2, 2013 By Ziad Abu Fadel, Syrian Perspective, May 2, 2013
  6. in Baniyas is peaceful and calm - witness Voice of Russia, May 4, 2013
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 An Atrocity in Syria, With No Victim Too Small By Anne Barnard and Hania Mourtada, New York Times, May 14, 2013
  8. Thousands flee Syrian city of Banias fearing new 'massacre' Associated Press via the Telegraph, May 4, 2013
  9. تقرير عن مدينة بانياس وعن مجزرة حي رأس النبع - 200 شهيدSymbols of Syrian Revolution, May 3, 2013