Friday 17 November 2017

23 killed in army missile attacks as Syrian war rages

Men search for survivors under the rubble of burning collapsed houses at a site hit by what activists said was a Scud missile. Reuters
Men search for survivors under the rubble of burning collapsed houses at a site hit by what activists said was a Scud missile. Reuters

Jim Heintz in Beirut

The widowed Syrian mechanic had a new lease on life after he married his second wife. He enrolled in a high school, graduating at 60. The couple had five children, living in an impoverished quarter of a town in northern Syria.

They all died after a missile smashed into their building overnight in the town of Marea, killing 13 people in all, most of them children, Syrian opposition activists said last night

That attack was followed hours later by a missile fired at a building in the nearby town of Azaz that killed another 10 people.

They are the latest victims of Syria's civil war and the government's relentless bombing campaign against opposition-held territories in northern Syria. The story of Mohammed Jafar Saleh, 70, is a human sketch of one of the 162,000 people estimated killed in Syria's civil war.

Saleh's first wife died over 15 years ago, said an activist from Marea who identified himself as Abu al-Hassan.

The man remarried soon after, to a young woman, Mufida Rasoul. She was 40 when she died overnight. Their five children ranged from Abir (14), to Rahaf (4).

Abu al-Hassan said the marriage seemed to revive the man, who had a shop which fixed broken car radiators. He enrolled in a school for older students, earning a high school diploma after 10 years instruction, the activist said.

"He wanted to go to university but his grades weren't very good," according to Abu al-Hassan, who said he used to attend annual exams with the man. Nothing was left of the family.

The severed legs and waist of a boy pulled from the rubble, shown in footage uploaded to social networks by activists, may have belonged to one of the Saleh children. The footage appeared genuine and corresponded with AP reports.

 

Irish Independent

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