The suburbs of Douma in Eastern Ghouta have been the target of constant airstrikes. After the latest attacks from Russian air raids killed a total of 227 people in Syria — many from Douma — now the rebels are retaliating.
Alawite army officers and their wives have been put in cages and paraded around Douma on the outskirts of Damascus in response to the attacks by Russia and the Syrian Arab Army. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights told AFP Jaish al-Islam was the perpetrator, hoping the Alawite army officers and their family would act as human shields against the airstrikes.
Reports on Twitter say there are anywhere from 50-100 cages holding the prisoners. But the move got mixed reviews.
@anasanas84 مهما فعلتوا الدعس الروسي قادم— كويتي (@kuwaitte) November 1, 2015
This will not work. Russia will hunt you down.
Where are human rights for the women and children Bashar kills every day? This will show the world the crimes he commits.
@anasanas84 هذه ستضر الثوره اكتر من فيديو ابو صقار يامساطيل— توفيق سوريانا (@tawfeek7o7) November 1, 2015
How stupid. This will have a negative impact on the revolution.
Here's a video of the women in cages:
Observatory Director Rami Abdel Rahman said most of the civilians were abducted two years ago near a regime-held neighborhood in Eastern Ghouta.
On camera men and women sent a message to government forces, according to AFP, asking them to stop shelling the city.
"Your women are our women," a boy said. "If you want to kill my mother, you will kill them too."
Here's a video of the Alawite prisoners, some of whom say have been in jail for more than three years. They say the rebels who captured them were from the Idlib province before they were transported to Ghouta.
By Hayat Norimine
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