Talk:The Killing of Yassin Baqoush

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Page Dedication

I started this page when I decided I like Mr. Baqoush, upon seeing pictures of him. I get the feeling he "kept it real." I've never seen any of his films or TV shows, or anything like that, but I start this investigation with the greatest respect for the man caught, like so many millions of others, in the crossfire of this two-year sick spell for Syria. --Caustic Logic (talk) 10:56, 5 March 2013 (UTC)

Erm, sorry. A little awkward and pretentious. But it's on record now and, it seems, getting a fair number of views. Bio and thoughts below, to be filled in later. Between, the more pressing investigation. --Caustic Logic (talk) 12:59, 8 March 2013 (UTC)

A Note on the Targeting of Celebrities

At the first couple of years of the events, opposition forces invested heavily in bringing celebrities to their side. They tried bribing many to market their narrative and voice criticism of the state. Those who refused were tarnished and or physically punished. Yassin Baqoush was not the first to die, a few moths before him, on Nov 4 2012, actor Mohammed Rafe'e, was abducted from Masaken Barzeh neighborhood in Damascus and executed by Ahfad Al-Sideeq Brigade (part of FSA) for the crime of supporting the regime. I remember a fuss they made on the death of senior actor Khaled Taja because he refused to voice their views or publicly criticize the regime as they liked. A young director was also executed in Homs in the early days of the events, and each actor or celebrity who publicly criticized the regime was hailed as a hero and rewarded with luxurious contracts from Gulf production companies like singer Asala, actor Jamal Suliman, and many others, while those who refused were executed like Mr. Rafe'e or met their end in tragic ways like Mr. Baqoush. The tragic death of Yassin Baqoush, IMHO, should be viewed within that context and the way opposition forces wanted to impose their views upon public figures & people who could rally public opinion. --TogetherSy (talk) 17:47, 21 May 2016 (UTC)

Thanks for this awesome context - not cases we knew about, but it fits with what I was sensing. --Caustic Logic (talk) 00:48, 22 May 2016 (UTC)
Not familiar with his work, or exact cultural/social context, but based on a report linked below seemed to walk the middle line; did not praise either side, was not rewarded either;--so far, happens all the time everywhere, including this very moment. Than he was killed, looks like intentionally. Mainstream media blamed the regime at once (--illustrating by this one more time that some things are better rewarded -- ). But the media claim does not seem to be backed up by anything. --Resup (talk) 16:03, 22 May 2016 (UTC)
Of course, his ambiguous/unknown stance is probably why they felt they could pass it off. Mohammed Rafe'e, for example, they probably didn't bother with blaming "the regime," or reporting it at all. With Baqoush, apparently it was believable. --Caustic Logic (talk) 08:44, 27 May 2016 (UTC)
Mohammed Rafeh - Resup provided the Wikipedia link - actor, not director, killed Nov. 2 and handed back Nov. 4. I had seen this video from Jan. 2012 before, noticing now this is the same guy. I checked the VDC and they don't seem to list him, even under 'regime forces.' Closest martyr entry, by name, is the same but on an FSA fighter killed November 7. Another with similar name and possibly even appearance: Mohammad Yaman Rabei'a from Jobar, killed by regime's army in Erbin, Nov. 4. Closest regime death is named backwards: Rafiea Muhammad, Latakia policeman killed in Daraya Nov. 2. So unless one of those or another is him laundered, he isn't listed and his killing was not considered a "violation" like they record. --Caustic Logic
I don't know if there is a mistake in the transliteration of this name: Rafiea Muhammad, but in Arabic that is a female not a male name.
We should be careful with databases published by opposition. Any guy there can just sit behind a screen and fill whatever he likes.
Many misunderstandings happen because of the different ways people transliterate Arabic names & words into latin alphabets, I suggest that we use a standardized form for the transliteration, like IPA or DIN standards. So that we won't fall victim to similarly written names in Latin scripts that are completely different in Arabic.
--TogetherSy (talk) 09:18, 29 May 2016 (UTC)
Order mix-ups should be and seem to be rare. Woman's name on a man. They say he's a cop (regime supporter?) from Latakia (supporting the "Alawite regime"?) Perhaps this is a joke listing for him then. Seems a bit of a coincidence and oddity otherwise.
Opposition sources like this are best taken with a grain of salt at least. The standard here is to take any entry, or claim in it, as possibly valid, possibly backwards from true, possibly coincidence, etc. and see what lines up (still some dangers and no perfect science, so far...)
I'm intrigued and intimidated by this idea of standardizing transliteration. There have been issues, although I'm not sure they've been very huge, or led to serious errors. So I'm not sure it's needed. Nor that it isn't needed. --Caustic Logic (talk) 14:35, 29 May 2016 (UTC)

Al-Jadid Report

This essay appears in Al Jadid, Vol. 17, no. 65

On Sunday, February 24, 2013 Yassin Bakoush, one of Syria’s most talented and adored comedians, was killed as he drove through a rebel-held check-point in the Assali neighborhood. ... his life and death illustrate the brutality of the regime.
On two counts, ?? --Caustic Logic (talk) 07:19, 28 March 2013 (UTC)
He was on his way home to the Yarmouk Palestinian refugee camp in southern Damascus, an area that has witnessed unyielding combat between the regime and rebels.
Okay, confusion - that's probably what he says in the January video, when he was dressed differently, and the writer thinks it's all the same day. --Caustic Logic (talk) 07:19, 28 March 2013 (UTC)
Not surprisingly, the regime blamed “terrorists” for his death, relying on a rhetoric that has become ever more stale, transparent, and tragic. On the other side, individuals from the Free Syrian Army zoomed in their camera on his blood-stained face, held up his passport for the world to see, and announced that Bakoush had just been murdered by the regime’s rocket-propelled grenade. As both sides callously accused the other, there was no Allah Yarhamhoo, a simple yet necessary phrase attesting to his humanity.
In truth, Bakoush was not specifically targeted, but was caught in the crossfire
That's not actually known. Cross-fire doesn't usually slice off your lip, for example. --Caustic Logic (talk) 07:19, 28 March 2013 (UTC)
Victim of the regime, explained, sort of:
Yet despite his enormous talent and impressively long career—he continued working in the theater until the age of seventy-five—he had barely enough money to feed himself and resided in a poor neighborhood in Yarmouk. How can it be that after a life full of accomplishment, he lived in utter penury? This tragedy can be attributed to the corruption of a regime, which used culture to gain legitimacy. Both Hafiz al-Asad and Bashar attempted to make intellectuals dependent upon the state in order to co-opt them. This was not simply a question of attempted government co-optation by showering intellectuals with gifts and privileges. The government bestowed favors on an exclusive few to create tensions between artists, in part of their “divide and conquer” strategy. During those early political parodies, while Durayd Lahham stole the spotlight and reaped benefits from the state, Yassin Bakoush was pushed to the margins, referred to as a minor character, and relegated to the life of the destitute. While Lahham has stood by the regime and defended its actions to this day, Bakoush remained silent as he struggled to make ends meet for his family. He did not have the financial freedom to leave Syria and speak out against the regime. As Alawi actress Louse Abdel Karim said from Cairo, like countless Syrians, Bakoush died a random death at the hands of the regime that kills indiscriminately and whose victims are often poor since they have no means of escape. Even though Bakoush was quiet and never outwardly spoke his position, Karim argues that the fact he chose to remain among the poor and refused to leave his neighborhood, speaks volumes. According to her, his death symbolizes the fate of the impoverished.
A rather questionable argument, to say the least. --Caustic Logic (talk) 07:19, 28 March 2013 (UTC)

Death Images: Mutilation Confirmed

Building off the respect part, a try at the truth is an important sign of that. So is not using the victim's pained face for shock value. But this is an area where important visual evidence crosses over into things you'd normally not show, for taste reasons. But I have two frames that show, both confirming both details, that hole under the chin, and his clearly sliced-off lower lip. (first video, 0:36 and 0:52) Upper lip and nose not totall clear - apparently present, the former covered in blood from the latter (?) But a lip isn't usually torn off from either an RPG or a mortar. That would be from someone up-close, with a knife, who, for whatever reason had come to hate the guy's big, famous lips. So ... I ask for guidance, from CE mainly, on how to handle these. And her, or Petri, or anyone, if I'm maybe wrong here. It happens. --Caustic Logic (talk) 12:18, 6 March 2013 (UTC)

As I said before, I rarely see use in showing gory stills for documentation purposes when one can link to the video so people who feel like it can check for themselves. I didn't feel like it but watched it anyway - quite gruesome. Poor guy. Lip seems to be missing, not sure if mutilation has to be the cause. And as I said before - it's your choice. --CE (talk) 12:34, 7 March 2013 (UTC)
(was typing all this when you responded, and thanks) You know what? The videos are already up. I'll just refer to them. Some moved notes and some new ones. --Caustic Logic (talk) 12:42, 7 March 2013 (UTC)
True, any of this could, hypothetically, be shelling injury. Things blowing up, it's chaotic, etc. That he's got a mechanical injury all across the nose and right cheek right near his lips makes it more plausible. A counter-thought's always good. But either way, we have his family, on better inspection, with doctors on hand, saying he was mutilated. There might be more we thankfully can't see (or unfortunately, from an investigative PoV). But I suspect they're right, and this it, or at least some of it. F*(#^%g terrorist, man. --Caustic Logic (talk) 12:59, 8 March 2013 (UTC)

Visible injury notes: injury to left ankle, left thumb mangled, lower lip sliced off (??), hole (bullet hole?) under the chin. Killed by shelling? Both sides seem to be wrong. Which was one was knowingly wrong? And was the lip thing body mutilation, or pre-death torture? --Caustic Logic (talk) 12:44, 5 March 2013 (UTC)

Also, considering video 3 (see below) alongside, it's not light reflecting. He has white, bone/cartilage I guess, showing at the tip of his nose. The right nostril is unclear, the left one, intact. Slicing off the nose is something Islamists sometimes do, but that doesn't quite look like it here. There's also a serious tear into his upper right cheek, and possibly some kind of trauma to the whole upper lip, all encased in dried blood. That adds ambiguity to the lower lip, but it isn't even left dangling. It's just gone. Both videos suggest a neat slice all along, no rough or torn edges. --Caustic Logic (talk) 12:42, 7 March 2013 (UTC)

TRYING to think forensically, I can see one act causing the thumb, nose, and cheek injuries. The perps threaten to cut off his lips. They can't, because he's got his hands in the way, held tight, left hand on top, thumb across nose. They come down on his nose with whatever (rifle-butt? Backside of a heavy sword?), smash his thumb apart and scrape his face, pin his arms down in the shock, and start cutting. Then they shoot him. Why? Sheer terror and dread, I suspect. It sounds pretty crazy to normal people, but it's really not. They still hope for the Libya scenario. Who needs hearts and minds when you have NATO air cover, right? --Caustic Logic (talk) 12:59, 8 March 2013 (UTC)

HOWEVER, I should note there's no need to call this. It could be from exploding shrapnel and the roof of the car slashing his face. But both the ankle injury and especially the puncture under the chin are harder to explain. So, "mutilation confirmed" should have a question mark (would that break too many links?). And than asnwer to the question should be "not for sure, but it's quite likely." And execution is suggested. And to be fair to previous sources, both sides, they didn't specify he was killed only BY the explosion. SANA, for example, said he was killed "after a mortar fired by terrorists struck his car..." And as noted elsewhere on this page, the exact sequence really isn't clear. SANA isn't gospel or anything. --Caustic Logic (talk) 10:59, 11 March 2013 (UTC)

Body Recovery video Notes

This refers to the second video listed below, death video 2. It shows Mr. Baqoush laying dead by the curb, his burned car across the street, many meters away, driver's door flung open. What seems to be a wooden utility pole lays in front of the car, snapped in half, possibly related. From this and the injuries I propose: his car was hit and burst into flames. He managed to get out and start running to the left, towards those run-down walls, for cover. This might suggest the area to his right was open area, and under ... perpetrator .... control. He stopped running after the shot to the ankle, short of the curb. After that, he may have resisted someone on top of him, in a close-up attack. His right arm, and both, it seems, remain bent, hands either up or resting on his chest (unclear resolution) - it's easy to imagine he had been trying to push someone off before his body went limp. --Caustic Logic (talk) 12:42, 7 March 2013 (UTC) and --Caustic Logic (talk) 14:15, 7 March 2013 (UTC)

Do they know yet? Rebels couldn't know who the regime targeted with the RPG. Documents on him proved that, which the rebels found upon recovery. In this video, they seem to be scared to go up close yet to this unknown body. A careful listen reveals no instance of Yassin Baqoush being named. So if he's an unknown nobody, why the dramatic film specifying where this is, careful to film from a distance? ("too far way to read his papers yet, so noooo idea who that is) One posting specifies in its title the army was "hampering" their body recovery, and hence the wait. It must allegedly be unseen snipers holding them back, although the cameramane seems to be fully exposed while filming, and rebels soon got the body anyway, besides the video and then more video. Not much for cover-up-enforcing snipers. And why specify the RPG attack they must've seen, but not the shot ankle, death struggle, and execution that should also have been observed to some degree? I have my guesses already for all these questions.--Caustic Logic (talk) 12:42, 7 March 2013 (UTC)

Time and Location

[moved from a bit above --CE (talk) 17:39, 8 March 2013 (UTC)]

Time and Location: I'm not sure if this is early on Feb. 24 or late. It seems both cloudy and a bit before/after full daylight. Or just very, very cloudy. Video 2 specifies RPGs (by sound) and up-front "Mash Hay Al-Assali," Assali neighborhood, with the ubiquitous Mash still unclear ("dateline?" "testifying from?") Otherwise, we hear Yarmouk, where he lived. One spot there that could possibly explain the footage is here on Google Maps. Very southern corner of Yarmouk. He would've been driving east towards the edge of it, apparently. I don't think this is the spot, but it might be similar. Directions are pretty well unclear to me from light or other clues. --Caustic Logic (talk) 12:42, 7 March 2013 (UTC)

I meant to mention that I could not locate this Al-Assali or Asali even on Wikimapia. Some other videos give reference to it, but I can't yet pin it on the map, and check there for possible video matches, as I would prefer to do (or be able to - lack of time lately...). --Caustic Logic (talk) 12:20, 8 March 2013 (UTC)
I have been able to narrow Assali down to a few possible areas. Found two schematic maps showing the place ... this and that. South-southeast of Qadam with which it is often mentioned together. This video purports to show "Smoke rising above Qadam and Assali as a result of shelling on an area near the Barda factory". Found the Barda factory on wikimapia. So from this information I conclude that Assali is either the marked area surrounding the factory, which just has a questionmark as description, or it is (somewhere in?) the area named as Al Sbeneh just south of it, which would fit better with the marks on the schematic maps. Found no direct hits there, though. Anyway while not far from Yarmouk to the south-west, it's distinct, more rural and by the one map even outside the core city zone. --CE (talk) 17:39, 8 March 2013 (UTC)
Looking again, I found that if the France24 map has placed Assali correctly it has to be inside what wikimapia labels as Qadam. And indeed, I found a domed spot there whose label translates to Maqam Alasali. So apparently Assali is the south-eastern part of the region labeled Qadam (maybe divided by the railway, although that spot is just west of it?) and separated from Yarmouk only through the "open space" area labeled as Jura. --CE (talk) 20:27, 8 March 2013 (UTC) - Additionally: In "similar places" of Maqam Alasali an Al-essaly is linked in 500m roughly southern distance, so yeah, there it is. --CE (talk) 20:39, 8 March 2013 (UTC)

Excellent! That's some pretty thorough triangulation. I'm not seeing borders on that Wiki area, but it's checkable. I notice it leaves the corner I looked at as the closest part of Yarmouk that's almost in Assali. Finding the location, if we can, is important -if rebels insist on falsifying the location, it's another clue against them here. --Caustic Logic (talk) 23:29, 8 March 2013 (UTC)

Yeah, that label is just a point, not an area, therefore difficult to find. Not much in the video to identify, unfortunately. Just saw that one of the questionmark areas was edited 13 hours ago and now says Place free stationing army. South of the road from your spot to Assali. --CE (talk) 11:23, 9 March 2013 (UTC)
I see that - between Qadam, Hajar-Aswad, maybe-Assali, and southwest Yarmouk, a patch of fields. The word order gets mixed up. The free and army are side-by-side, in the FSA sense: Al-Jeesh Hurrah. "Stationing" also comes out "concentration" once you split FSA onto its own line. By itself "تمركز" comes out "centralize." Anyway, and whoever put up that label, it's about where or quite near where Mr. Baqoush was killed, whichever report is more correct. --Caustic Logic (talk) 09:12, 10 March 2013 (UTC)
Yassin Baqoush Scene Pan.png

Car/poss impact point, red paint?, Mr. Baqoush. Roughly all to scale, carefully composited at actual video size. Further distance between than I thought. This will help set the location. --Caustic Logic (talk) 13:38, 9 March 2013 (UTC)

Location: Will be hard to pin down. We're looking at a wide street/small parking lot/something. Paved, but low-key. Very low, old buildings on one side, open space across suggested but not clear, and a small tree. Another spot I don't think is right, but more similar - here on GM, right by that factory. But GE images (Feb. 22, 2012) show differing facade details on the buildings - we'd see the open cargo doors of a warehouse in a trucking center of some kind. Rather, we seem to see the back sides of whatever buildings. Not confident we'll ever find it, but it is getting narrowed down. --Caustic Logic (talk) 09:55, 10 March 2013 (UTC)

The Car

Yassin Baqoush Car.png

Alright, so, let's take a look at his car. I don't care what model it is or anything, but it never hurts to know. It looks burnt, and is in fact still burning. No visible flames, but smoke rolls energetically from it at numerous points. Mr. Baquosh lays face-up on the pavement across the street, maybe ten meters off frame. We don't get an awesome view of the car, mostly due to the tree. But here, sharpened and enhanced a bit, we can see a little. The possible downward spike in the middle of the bent roof line might be tree interference. But the bent roof, bending down to that spot, can't be. Or is it bent? It's a subtle effect I'm seeing, really. But if that's right, is this more like an RPG in Assali, or a mortar strike in Yarmouk? --Caustic Logic (talk) 12:59, 8 March 2013 (UTC)

Hmm, given the sideline and the passenger cabin my first intuitive guess was an 1980s Mercedes, like this. But if so, the whole radiator grill is missing. Could be something else, maybe a Peugeot or a Ford, but I would definitely say 80s upper-size European limousine and likely something is missing up front. --CE (talk) 13:32, 8 March 2013 (UTC)
Okay, I'm no car person. But limousine to me means long, three or more windows down the side. It's hard to be sure at this angle (the reason for the angle?) but it doesn't seem to be long. Either way, a driver is a possible person, just from precedent (he was being driven on Jan. 27). Either killed (elsewhere), etc. or he was driving himself. Possible. Hey ... it his the same car from the other video, or another one? FWIW. --Caustic Logic (talk) 13:25, 9 March 2013 (UTC)
It's not the same car, checked that already. The car in the checkpoint video is some crappy little recent car, while this one here is definitely not recent. Just look how thin the frame of the open door is, they don't build stuff like that anymore, even in the region. And as to limousine - think small, this is Europe ;o) See linked pic, it just means the form. I think driving an 80s Mercedes-Benz would be very fitting for an old, excentric actor. If you sell one here, it's almost certain that it will be an Arab who turns out to be willing to pay the most, it's a status symbol down there. Thinking about it, it's very likely that everyone in his quarter knew who's approaching if they saw the car, even if it's not an MB. --CE (talk) 13:43, 9 March 2013 (UTC)

Videos

Comment beneath confirms my suspicion: making it look same day is bad form, actually, as well as apparently not true.
This interview between the actor and the FSA was a month ago which shows how much the rebels respect him so much. He was killed by Bashar's slaves after a month of this interview because the artist supports the Syrian revolution.
Cited: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lgpwYDyl4-M - January 27

"Funeral full body Representative Yassin Bakosh in Damascus" Name in Arabic: ياسين بقوش

All the videos in this section are down expect for the fourth video in videos group 2. Did anyone cache the videos? Are there any ways of retrieving those videos?
--TogetherSy (talk) 17:21, 21 May 2016 (UTC)

Rebels in Yarmouk

The status of the fighting in the Yarmouk district (and perhaps Asali, for that matter) might be of interest here. The situation on January 27, when the check-point video was made, is of interest, as well as the days before and including Feb. 24. Other days before, between, and after these might also be of interest. --Caustic Logic (talk) 12:43, 6 March 2013 (UTC)

After Feb. 24

One week after Baqoush's mysterious killing, on or around March 2, rebel forces publicly hanged two civilans in Yarmouk. Their crime, duly convicted of course, working with the regime, helping foil a previous rebel occupation by helping direct attacks on their hideouts. SOHR reported, March 2 on Facebook (no link handy) and March 3 on their main site (with a chilling photo on both postings):

Damascus province: A rebel battalion executed 2 civilians in the Mukhayam al-Yarmouk (Yarmouk camp). The men were hanged from trees in the Filastin round point of al-Yarmouk camp. Rebels attempted to justify this by accusing the men of coordinating with the Syrian government and of placing chips that directed regime bombardment a week earlier.

Again, "a week earlier" is at about the time of Baqoush's killing. The need to bombard suggests, as I think other things will, a strong rebel presence in Yarmouk then, since chased away, then come back to punish those who helped in the chasing. --Caustic Logic (talk) 12:43, 6 March 2013 (UTC) and edits --Caustic Logic (talk) 10:26, 10 March 2013 (UTC)

In case it matters, the hanging was "in the Filastin round point". That would seem to be here: دوار فلسطين - Palestine round. Right on a main road, between districts. That's brazen. And for rebel presence in general, as CE pointed out above, there's an area right between Yarmouk and what might be Al-Assali, currently labeled, in Arabic, "place of concentration for Free Army," common shorthand for FSA rebel forces. --Caustic Logic (talk) 09:23, 10 March 2013 (UTC) and --Caustic Logic (talk) 10:26, 10 March 2013 (UTC)

Baqoush Bio/Background

forthcoming

Medal of Merit

Today Assad issued a decree post-hum granting the "Syrian Medal of Merit of excellence degree" to Baqoush. Syrian TV briefly reports in English. Again they say it was inside Yarmouk in front of his house. At 1:44 into the video. Do they say "before his house in an alley of Yarmouk refugee camp" or is the italic some other description I can't understand? --CE (talk) 00:36, 11 March 2013 (UTC)

Excellent add. They don't say alley/vacant lot at all. But he's got to have a bit nicer home than what we see here. Maybe he was killed elsewhere and put here? I'm wondering too if he was killed right after the mortar hit, or if that too was done after the move, if there was one. That is, what do the authorities really know, and what are they deducing? --Caustic Logic (talk) 01:37, 11 March 2013 (UTC)
I meant to ask if you hear the same as I do or what do they actually say at 1:44 in the video? ... something Yarmouk refugee camp ... Also, as to placement, I wonder how they identified him in the video with the car, from that distance? I mean he had quite the face, but lying on the street from so far away? There's someone in the background saying his name, not in speculating tone but as a fact. As if he had already taken a closer look. Also, the video showing him mutilated is in the dark, while the car video is not. Hmm. Also looked again at a possible place for the car video but there just isn't enough information. Although there are not many places inside the "piece of cake" of Yarmouk that would fit, because of the dense and mostly several stories buildings, which is an information. Your place in the very south-west is one of the few, but certainly nothing we could build upon. Would really like to crack this, especially having seen what they did to "The yellow man of Aleppo" who apparently got away much more luckily, almost harmless, but which shows how these creeps feel for people like the two of them. --CE (talk) 02:08, 11 March 2013 (UTC)
The audi comment: I hear "...hit his car, before his house in the Yarmouk refugee camp." The syllables for "in the Yarmouk" are garbled, like "in Liyetmouk", but not enough of them to say anything more than that. Pretty sure. They didn't identify him, I thought. I listened for his name-didn't hear the narrator say it. The video title, they'd say, was added later after they realized. But if a background person knows and says it while the narrator doesn't ... that'd be interesting. And yeah, at 0:22 something that could be Yassin Bakoush is uttered in the background. Someone should boost that audio and then translate it. Just noticed too the harmonics/chanting - possible timeline clue. --Caustic Logic (talk) 04:28, 11 March 2013 (UTC)

Sources

(temporary)

A source close to the family of the deceased actor informed Al-Akhbar that they tried to convince him not to leave his home in Yarmouk refugee camp due to the security situation. He left anyway, without telling anyone. He was caught in the crossfire and killed, then his body was mutilated.
“We heard the news on al-Jazeera, which was the first station to report it,” Bakoush’s only sister told Al-Akhbar. “Then we found out that his body was in the Palestine Hospital.”
[...]
“We don’t know how he died. We haven’t asked yet because we are busy with our tragedy and burial procedures,” she explained. “We believe this was his fate. We hand his killers to God. Let Him deal with them.”""
“Yassin was a human being in the true sense of the word. He was a true brother and a loving father. I trust and know well that everyone who knew Yassin will say that he had a good heart and never hurt anyone his entire life. Those who know him closely will not have the heart to hurt him, even with a word. How could those people do what they did?”
Syrian sources announced that Syrian comedian Yasin Baqoush was killed on Sunday, February 24, 2012, after a mortar round landed on his car at the Yarmouk refugee camp in Damascus. Activists posted a video on YouTube showing a bloodied corpse said, which is thought to belong to Baqoush, and personal documents of his such as his driving license and passport. In the commentary accompanying the video, a person says that the members of the Free Syrian Army (FSA) had recovered the body from the car and identified it.
[...]
:The late comedian was quoted in an interview with the press, talking about his Libyan roots: "My paternal grandfather was originally from Libya. There is a historical anecdote about how he settled in Damascus. In the Hajj season, my grandfather had fallen ill and was left by his companions in Makkah Al Mukarramah. After his recovery, he travelled from Makkah to Syria, where he stayed due to the hardship of travelling, as the only method of transportation in those days was on horsebacks or on camelbacks. He married my grandmother and they had a son; my father. I had not known about my Libyan roots until I became famous, when my aunt (my dad's half-sister from my grandfather's Libyan wife) wrote to me and later came to visit us in 1976. Only then, I came to know that our origins come from the 'Zawara' district, which is located on the Tunisian-Libyan border."
  • Syria Comedian Actor Yasin Baqoush Friendly Interaction with Rebel Fighters 2-24-13

video description (originally?) re-published around, like here

this video was filmed in the Yarmouk area of Damascus and shows the respect that the Rebel Fighters have for this famous actor, who was later killed by an RPG attack by the Assad forces in Al Asali area of Damascus.
Damascus - Syrian comedian Yassin Bakoush has been killed after being caught in the crossfire between rebels and government troops.
Syrian activists said the actor was killed by a rocket-propelled grenade fired at his car by government forces in the Assali neighbourhood of Damascus.
A video shared online shows the bloodied body of the 75-year old with personal documents, which activists say prove his identity. A person seen speaking in the video says the rebel Free Syrian Army (FSA) removed the body from the car.
State-owned SANA news agency blamed rebels for the death, reporting that the comedian died after a rebel mortar round landed on his car in the Yarmouk Palestinian refugee camp.
Syrian actor Yasin Baqqoush was martyred on Sunday evening after a mortar fired by terrorists struck his car in front of his home in Yarmouk camp in Damascus. He was 75 years old. The martyr's brother Muwaffaq told SANA that Yasin will be laid to rest on Monday afternoon in al-Taghalbeh cemetery in al-Salhiye area in Damascus. Yasin Baqqoush was born in Damascus in 1938. He was best known for his performances in comedy series with actor Dureid Lahham and the late actor Nihad Qal'ei, and he was considered one of the founders of Syrian comedy. He also starred in many movies and historical series, in addition to a long career in comedy theater. He left behind a wife and 11 children.
Yassin Bakoush supported the Syrian revolution, this made him a target for Assad criminals. A shell fired by Assad’s criminal thugs hit his car today, in Al Assali neighbourhood area of Damascus killing him. His body was mutilated in a very bestial way. Another crime to be added to the heinous record of the Syrian tyrant.
Support not explained, mutilation recognized--Caustic Logic (talk) 12:30, 6 March 2013 (UTC)
Damascus: Assali: Artist Yassin Bakkosh was martyred due to a mortar shell landed in his car
Rebels say RPG in Assali, SANA says mortar in Yarmouk. Tht makes this a mixed version, but probably leaning to the rebel side. Posted video too (new, will add to list): "Martyr Artist Yassin Bakkosh in Assali in Damascus"