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Al-Farouq brigades declare their complete commitment to Mr. Kofi Annan’s, the UN and Arab League’s ambassador initiative to Syria

avril 17, 2012

Communiqué from the “Farouq” brigade of the FSA at Homs:

We, the brigades of Farouq in the state of Homs, declare our complete commitment to Mr. Kofi Annan’s, the UN and Arab League’s ambassador to Syria, initiative that was released lately – even though it oppresses our people-confirming at the same time our support to our FSA leader’s orders that command us to give a chance for Mr.Annan’s initiative to achieve our rebelled-against Assad’s regime people’s interests.

And we confirm that our people in Homs are being shelled, killed, displaced daily and there has been no releasing of prisoners or withdrawal of any military equipment from the city and there has been no permits for Arabic or international media to get into Syria and to move freely.

There has been no humanitarian aid coming into the state of Homs, and peaceful protests were not allowed. Today (Friday) for example, there were more than 20 martyrs and tens of people were wounded in the sight of the world, which means that Assad’s gangs have not committed to any section of Mr.Annan’s initiative.

And we will not allow Assad’s regime to benefit from this chance to kill more of our people without being punished for his crimes forever. Our patience is about to end, and forewarned is forearmed.”

Long live free Syria

Homs- Friday 13/4/2012 The Free Syrian Army, Farouq Brigade

Homsenica 05Apr12

The below post is from the Revolutionary Council of Homs dated today and signed by Bayan Seif El Din from the Revolution Council. Below that I’ve posted the original Arabic.

Have we finally reached this point where a direct parallel between Srebrenica and Homs is possible?

Revolutionary Council of Homs
April 4, 2012


What is happening in Syria generally, and particularly in Homs, is ethnic cleansing that is far more atrocious than what happened in the Bosnian town of Srebrenica. The Serbs forced between 50 and 80 thousand Bosnians out of Srebrenica to change the demographics of the population and replace the native Muslim population with Serbs. The Syrian regime is also carrying out an atrocious ethnic cleansing campaign in Homs by forcing more than half a million of Homs natives out of their homes and immediately replacing them with Alawites. All of this is going on while the international, Arab, and Muslim communities remain silent.

For those who do not know the demographic of the city of Homs, here is a little synopsis:
Alawites came to the city of Homs and lived on its edges starting in 1965, and initially, there were only a few families. They spread then in several areas like Nuzha, Zahraa, Akrama, and Wadi al-Thahab, near other residential areas.

What has happened in the last two months – February and March of 2012 – is that nearly half a million people who live in predominantly Sunni neighborhoods near the aforementioned Alawite neighborhoods, were forced to leave their homes. This came after the residents witnessed atrocious crimes including slaughtering women and children; burning and abusing dead bodies; group-raping women and little girls, some of whom under the age of 12; terrorizing the residents with heavy bombing and destroying their homes on top of them; cutting off water, electricity, and communications; and preventing food and medicine from reaching these neighborhoods.

After the residents left their homes, the regime immediately brought loyalist Alawite and Shia families to live in the homes that belong to mostly Sunni families. The regime’s thugs then looted the other homes that remained unoccupied and robbed their contents in an organized manner, and then they set the homes on fire. The regime had formed groups, each of which was responsible for stealing specific things. For example, a group was responsible for stealing dishes and silverware, another was responsible for stealing washer, another group was responsible for stealing propane tanks, and so forth. In this manner, it has become impossible for the displaced residents to come back to their homes.

Here are some estimates that the Revolutionary Council of Homs has obtained regarding the number of displaced residents according to neighborhoods:
Rifai: 5000
Karm al-Zeitoun and Nazeheen: 55000
Bab Sbaa, Adawiyeh, and Mrejeh: 50000
Bab Draib: 20000
Bab Tadmur: 20000
Jib al-Jandali: 25000
Ashira and Sitteen: 15000
Bayada: 40000
Khaldiyeh: 80000
Qusoor: 50000
Karabees: 15000
Baba Amr: 80000

The total estimated number of people forced to migrate exceeds half a million people, and this is the largest displacement operation known in recent history, happening right in front of the entire world and went unnoticed as if nothing had happened. Most of the displaced people have either become migrants in their own country – in nearby villages or in other cities like Damascus, Hama, and Aleppo – or refugees outside Syria.

So will there be a Homsenica or should we just forget this city?

By: Bayan Saif el-Din
Media Bureau
Revolutionary Council of Homs


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