Syria 1st-Hand: An Eyewitness Account of Wednesday’s Regime Attacks

An eyewitness from Zamalka describes what happened during Wednesday morning’s attacks.

You call these terrorists? These are children. Four or six missiles hit Zamalka. Look. I promise you that in one other hospital there are 155 dead.

Look at them! Children. Women. “Did you try to rescue them”? No, they were killed immediately. I swear to you some families were killed entirely. Mom, Dad, kids, and grandparents killed as they lay sleeping in their homes. We just brought down from three buildings entire families killed in their sleep. You will see in a bit. We will issue names for everyone. So far we have confirmed 400-500 martyrs [deaths], even 600. That number is climbing and we have wounded people who are almost martyrs.

I swear by God. When will this Government come and give a verdict on this? When will they act like a Government? When will traitor Bashar [President Assad] own up? God curse him and his parents.

Where is [United Nations envoy Lakhdar] Brahimi? [Former UN envoy] Annan, you talk of rights of children and people. Where are you? Come and see these children now! Don’t talk on TV. Just come and see. Come! God help us…

Look at this child. Look! We don’t know who his parents are. They’re just numbers now.

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Scott Lucas is Professor of International Politics at the University of Birmingham and editor-in-chief of EA WorldView. He is a specialist in US and British foreign policy and international relations, especially the Middle East and Iran. Formerly he worked as a journalist in the US, writing for newspapers including the Guardian and The Independent and was an essayist for The New Statesman before he founded EA WorldView in November 2008.


  1. Your article is so filled with lies you don’t even have the decency to tell us you write for MI6 and the rest of the limey blunderers trying to unseat our president, Dr. Assad. You will soon learn that it was your heroic Islamist cannibals who lobbed the chlorine based warhead on the civilians about whom you pretend to care. I am Syrian. You are not! I support our army and our president you stinking limey scum!!! Long live secular Syria.

    • Dear Ziad,

      May I suggest that you consult our “About” page — — where you find that neither Ms Paraszczuk nor I are “limeys”, which I believe is an arcane derogatory term for the British.

      Nor have Ms Paraszczuk or I ever had the experience of meeting an “Islamist cannibal”, which is quite an intriguing concept.

      However, you are correct — presumably — that you have the authority of being “Syrian”, although it appears from your details that you are in the US. I guess that at least has the advantage of being distant frmo “limeys” and “Islamist cannibals”.

      Best regards,


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