On Sunday, Syrian rights activists reported that the government forces launched an airstrike on the Kurdish village of Haddad, resulting in 16 casualties among civilians.
The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights issued a statement saying that the government air strike targeted the village near Qamishli city, northeastern Syria. Several women and children were among those killed in Sunday’s attack.
“We were just sitting at home when we first heared a military airplane flying above the village,” said the mother of one of the victimes in a recorded footage published by activists. “Once we took to the street in order to check what was going on, the plane started firing against our houses, we didn’t have the chance to run away, and our children became easy targets to the missiles.”
The village of Haddad, with a majority population of Kurds, didn’t see any clashes between the opposition forces of the Free Syria Army (FSA) and that of the régime since the start of the two-year-old crisis.
One of the main strategies used by the pro-Assad forces in the ongoing war is to target any areas dominated by the FSA, even if populated by civilians. However, the Sunday strike merely targeted the residents of Haddad which has never hosted any rebel forces.
According to activists, the régime’s forces are trying to impose their grip on the northeastern areas which is not controled yet by the rebels, pointing out that the real war against the Kurdish people in Syria has started.
Source: ARA News
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