Syria Daily: 100+ Killed in Bombing of Convoy Near Aleppo — Who Did It?

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More than 100 people, being removed from two regime enclaves in northwest Syria, were killed on Saturday by the bombing of their convoy west of Aleppo city.

The explosion struck the convoy, with fighters and residents from the enclaves of al-Fu’ah and Kafraya in Idlib Province, in the Rashideen district. The White Helmets civil defense organization, which worked with the Syrian Arab Red Crescent in retrieving bodies and rescuing victims, said another 55 people were injured. A spokesman for the leading rebel faction Ahrar al-Sham said one-third of the casualties were rebels accompanying the convoy.

Witnesses said the bomb appeared to be carried in a truck which was distributing potato chips to people who had been waiting for hours because of a hold-up in the agreement for passage for the convoy.

No one claimed responsibility for the attack, leading to speculation and allegations over whether it was the anti-Assad bloc Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham, a rebel element, a regime group, or the Islamic State.

The convoy was part of removals of fighters and civilians under a “4 Towns” deal covering both the regime enclaves, north of Idlib city, and the besieged opposition towns of Madaya and Zabadani in Damascus Province. The transfers — to reach about 10,000 from al-Fu’ah and Kafraya, and about 2,000 from Madaya and Zabadani — began on Friday, but the buses on both sides were held up on Saturday for hours before the attack west of Aleppo.

Later on Saturday, 15 buses from the enclaves reached Aleppo, while eight buses from the Damascus towns made it to Rashideen.

REGIME ENCLAVE BUS BOMBING RESCUE

An Al Jazeera journalist carries a young victim:

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Claimed image of a rebel helping a regime soldier:

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  1. There is no doubt who is to blame for the bombing, just look at the evidence coming out now in the tweets below. The really sick part is attracting the children by giving out crisps. Assad will sink to any depth to save his own skin.
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    “Fuat Hudaverdi Retweeted
    Smile.Itsnothend‏ @memimibella 11h11 hours ago
    Replying to @memimibella @Malcolmite
    They were waiting for the attack!”
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    Fuat Hudaverdi Retweeted
    يزيد‏ @syrianfalcon11 14h14 hours ago
    #Assad red crescent staff after they parked the bombs cars into the convey they rushed to hide away. ☻
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    Tazi Retweeted
    Fadi Al-Qadi‏Verified account @fqadi 11h11 hours ago
    White and Red. White Or Red In #Syria, rescue workers teach humanity. Period
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    “Fuat Hudaverdi Retweeted
    S. Rifai‏ @THE_47th 12h12 hours ago
    They lured kids by handing out potato chips. Once the kids gathered, they detonated the bomb. Read this again and again. This is #Syria.”

    • Regime or some JAA cell. Not for sure HTS since i read it lost personel itself in the attack. I am sure it will remain without culprits as unfortunately its the norm in Syria.

    • What a load of crap. There is no way in the world Assad had anything to do with this. It seems there no limit to the lengths you people will go to tie yourselves into a pretzel to blame Assad. If Assad was to blame, the cable news networks would be all over it. Instead, they are ignoring it.

      This was an attack on Shia civilians who were under siege by al Qaeda rebels for being shia.

      The very fact this has been hardly covered by US media tells you that the rebels carried this out. Even CNN admit it was the rebels and tried to dismiss the suicide attack as a hiccup.

      tim anderson (@timand2037)
      16/4/17, 4:17 pm
      #Rashidin massacre. Eyewitness tells how ‘rebels’ lured children in before the blast. No military target. #Syria. youtube.com/watch?v=lsHEs0… pic.twitter.com/49LTTM33Iy

      TheEqualizer (@ColoniumKoeln)
      16/4/17, 4:38 pm
      #Syria
      Bomb attack on #refugees,who wanted flee to Govt areas.
      #Culprits?
      Strong clues, some “rebels” wanted #stop #evacuation by any means twitter.com/Souria4Syrians…

      Fares Shehabi‏ @ShehabiFares 4h4 hours ago
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      This NATO moderate rebel , Samer Kharita, killed 155 civilians yesterday with his car bomb as he pretended to offer potato chips to kids!

      H e b a‏ @HKX07 10h10 hours ago
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      Replying to @HKX07 @BBC
      H e b a Retweeted H e b a
      Dec 2015 “moderate rebels” declared they would “burn all those transporting Shia pigs from #fouaKefraya” #SyriaH e b a added,

      AS for the White Helmets, they have been exposed yet again with their fakery

      John Delacour‏ @JohnDelacour 42m42 minutes ago
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      John Delacour Retweeted vanessa beeley
      #Syria al-#Rashidin #Fuah/#Kefraya
      #WhiteHelmets cash in on #NuNusra’s #Aleppo massacre using pictures from a completely different place

      maytham‏ @maytham956 46m46 minutes ago
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      The car bomb, that exploded near the buses evacuating the civilians from #Kafaria & #Fouaa, was set in Daret Ezza the stronghold of #AlZinki

      • If Assad was to blame, cable news networks would be everywhere. Instead, they are ignoring it…. Assad and putin attack almost daily civilian targets with cluster phosphorus bombs (internationally banned) the echo in the international media is null

      • This is a despicable act whoever perpetrated it, as most Syrian oppositionists are saying. I’m not rushing to judgement on it, the circumstances would suggest an anti-Assad force, but there is contradictory evidence that challlenges this narrative, in particular the number of armed oppositionists killed in the attack. This needs systematic evaluation. Republishing stuff from pro-regime fanatics a la De Angelis just muddies the water: some of these are absurd: “the White helmets weren’t there” ; “the rebels blocked Red Crescent first responders” – all nonense as the photos and videos from the scene show. If you are going to credit these sort of lies then you clearly have no interest in the truth.

    • Kev371‏ @Kev371A 57m57 minutes ago
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      @JohnDelacour @VanessaBeeley Deliberate targeting of children – crisps used to draw them to bomb.
      https://twitter.com/Kev371A/status/853525045125283845

      The ‘Nimr’ Tiger‏ @Souria4Syrians 11h11 hours ago
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      MUST WATCH
      Witness from Kafraya & Foua massacre.”Rebels” lured children with crisps, threw crisps on floor & filmed children eat it. #Aleppo
      https://twitter.com/Souria4Syrians/status/853367844347809794

      • It’s reassuring to see you disapprove of the murder of children, Andre. You’ve spent so much effort trying to cover up Assad’s gassing of children that I had begun to wonder.

        Incidentally, the idea that the media in the west is ignoring this particular atrocity is complete nonsense, as even a cursory look at the websites of, for example, the Telegraph or Guardian, would tell you. Both featured it on the front page of their site yesterday and today.

        • You’ve spent so much effort trying to cover up Assad’s gassing of children that I had begun to wonder.

          No, I have spent a great deal of effort questioning the fake news narrative that all of you have bought into, which has been handed to you by the same interests that lied you into wars in Iraq and Lybia.

          Incidentally, the idea that the media in the west is ignoring this particular atrocity is complete nonsense, as even a cursory look at the websites of, for example, the Telegraph or Guardian, would tell you.

          The Telegraph and Guardian? Are you trying to be funny? What about the WaPo, NYT, MSNBC?

  2. Dan Cohen‏Verified account @dancohen3000 13h13 hours ago
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    CNN reporter calls bus bombings that killed scores of Shia civilians a “hiccup” http://www.cnn.com/2017/04/15/middleeast/syria-evacuations-bombing/index.html

    Sophie McNeill‏Verified account @Sophiemcneill 14h14 hours ago
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    Sophie McNeill Retweeted Bissan Fakih
    They came from a pro gov village & presumably targeted for that. But they were just mum, dads, kids who thought they were nearly “safe”Sophie McNeill added,
    Bissan Fakih @Jafra_
    CNN reporting of attack on “Shia villagers who support the Assad regime”. Where else in the world acceptable to describe civilians like this
    https://twitter.com/Sophiemcneill/status/853336226195136512

    • Andre take a vacation….that US cruise rainshower took a toll not only on that airbase but on your nervous system aswell.

      • Andre take a vacation….that US cruise rainshower took a toll not only on that airbase but on your nervous system aswell.

        Oh boy Caligola, all those years without seeing US flex it’s muscle without looking like the Pillsbury Dough Boy doing an Arnie impersonation has really left some scars.

        The US blew $90 million and did little more than inconvenience the Syrian Air force for 12 hours. A volley of 59 Tomahawk land attack missiles of which 23 actually made it to their target, failed to take out a single runway or even keep the airbase from operating for even 12 hours, but on the bright side, it was a complete success for ExxonMobil, Raytheon and Donald Trump.

        • lol. I agree with Caligoia, you need a vacation Andre. You have been so frayed since the US wiped out 1/5 of assads air force. And all of the missiles hit, even you know that.

          • . You have been so frayed since the US wiped out 1/5 of assads air force. And all of the missiles hit, even you know that.

            I think you need and Kevin need remedial arithmetic Matt. Assad’s air force was 200 strong so even if you were to accept US claims of destroying 20 planes (most of which were no longer in service or being used for spare parts), that would make the figure 10%.

            You might also consider that the US gave the Russians (and therefore the Syrians) 2 hours warning, which was ample time to move out any planes they wanted to save.

            The pictures and video from the base only show damage to 11 aircraft shelters. Additionally one radar, one missile launcher and a fuel depot were hit. That effect is too small for 59 impacts. The base was in use again 12 hours after the strike. The attack on it was not really serious.

            But look at the bright side Matt. Those 36 missiles that landed in the sea will make for come very cool accommodation for the the fish population.

            • Umm, perhaps you’re the one that needs a course in math and common sense. 59 missiles hit. Just because Russkie propaganda claimed otherwise doesn’t make it true despite your desperate assertions otherwise. Russia was humiliated so they put out that garbage. Keep trying. LOL. You’re hilarious.

  3. #National: “Madaya was emptied then the Iranians changed the deal allowing many armed Shiite militiamen to remain inside #Foa #Kafraya. ” – CombatChris1
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    Why do rebels fall for these tricks? How many ‘truces’ have regime broken? Furthermore why didn’t the residents of Fua/Kafraya leave first? All this ‘treaty’ did was to ethnically cleanse Madaya of Sunnis without Hezbollah having to use a single weapon and the regime now still gets to keep Fua/Kafraya. Ahrar got played/tricked and Assad is now laughing at them.

  4. Video of the SVBIED of yesterday which hit the convoy in Aleppo. Its very clear from this video that it was a SVBIED, you can see the pickup heading calmly to were there is a gathering point of displaced and rebel fighters and then go off. This smells like JAA or ISIS. I would take out the regime since they are not really known for using SVBIEDs.
    https://twitter.com/worldonalert/status/853576950715219968

    • It can’t be ISIS — they’ve got no incentive to do it, it wouldn’t be rational. They’d know it would just get them bad international press … Plus, only the regime has trucks with that sort of license plate.

      Hey Andre, this Russian-style paint-by-numbers apologia stuff is actually a lot of fun …

      • It can’t be ISIS — they’ve got no incentive to do it, it wouldn’t be rational. They’d know it would just get them bad international press …

        Not sure what your lame attempt at sarcasm is supposed to achieve unless you are still holding out hope that proves the regime carried out this attack. Maybe you need to spend time on the BBC news site where they are printing all manner of crap trying to pin this on Assad and claiming the SVBIED could not have gotten close to the convoy without government approval even though the areas was under rebel control

    • ISIS would be happy to kill both Assad supporters and rebels. But they are usually quick to claim their evil deeds.

      • ISIS would be happy to kill both Assad supporters and rebels. But they are usually quick to claim their evil deeds

        Along those same lines, the claim that Assad carried out the recent gas attack to terrorize the locals makes no sense either. Why would he deny he did it if his intention was to terrorize civilians?

      • The incongruousness of using a plebiscite to vote for a more illiberal type of rule is not lost on me.
        That said, I also get the appeal of authoritarianism in a time of crisis, and I can’t blame the Turks for opting for it. Shadi Hamid’s writing on illiberal forms of rule being more in tune with human nature comes to mind at this time.

        • @tundra

          Once again you hit the nail on the head. People with good memory would remember me saying before the coup attempt erdogan wouldn’t win the referendum since the idea of executive presidency is not popular even among AKP supporters. I was planning to vote no at that time. july 15 coup attempt changed everything. We faced it at a time when we were thinking the era of military coups in turkey was over.

          In nov 2015 election AKP + mhp got more than 60% of the votes. Now it decreased to 51%. This shows that had there not been the coup attempt the referendum result would be no.

      • Matt, turkey´s democracy is of the jacobine type (1789-style). Completly different from yours (constitutional republicanism).

    • So by democracy youmean that by 50% of voters plus one can change a constitution? You are foolush and naive, at a minimum. That means that 49.99% of the people disagree. Don’t bitch when your cities are in rubble just like Syria. Your assumption is sadly very wrong. The Turks, by drinking the cool-aid, are going into a very dark place in next few years/decades, Unless Erdogan dies. A sad day indeed. But its a good day for Europe and the Kurds. NATO needs And most likely will eject this boil from their union. Turkey turns East, good luck. VIVA Kurdistan, it’s about time.

      • @mikey How much was the difference in the brexit decision? What about trump? He is ruling the US even though he got less votes than Clinton. This is democracy. Having this said, erdogan didn’t become a Chavez with this change. There will be an election in 2019 to elect the president. The opposition have to prepare better and come up with a candidate who can get votes from all segments of society not just seculars.

        • The US election was for President, who has MANY checks on his power. For a good reason. Quoting Sir John Acton: “Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely”. Watch what Erdogan does, not what he says. From the Bloomberg news site: ‘In the nine months since imposing a state of emergency, he’s already fired more than 100,000 people and jailed 40,000, among them academics, journalists and judges.” Sounds like a dictator to me. That ain’t democracy.

      • “Don’t bitch when your cities are in rubble just like Syria. “
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        Whoa, where did this come from?
        For all you know I could have congratulated the Turks on simply participating in the referendum, regardless of the result. Being a responsible and involved citizen is a commendable thing!

  5. I can remember very clearly when Syrians were cheering the collapse of the world trade towers. Who’s cheering now? Will the Turks go down the same road? It’s more probable today than it was yesterday. Karma is a b***h!

  6. Congrats to “Hugo Chavez” Erdogan for his landslide victory that will anoint him King of the new Ottoman Empire. It’s “democracy” at its best. Where is Baghdad Bob? Folks, this is a true fiasco on the scale of the Iranian Revolution and the almost Egyptian Revolution, with Carter/Obama. If you thought the brain drain from Turkey was pervasive before. The best and the brightest will be leaving Turkey on scale. Leaving only the stupid and corrupt to run things. It will show in about 5 years, mark your calendars!

  7. Fully 33% of the comments on this page are by pro-Kremlin troll Andre.
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    I must second the motion that this particular Putin fan boy needs a break.

    • He is stubborn, contrary to the usual putin bot who tries to brainwash you endlessly and then vanishes if he sees he cannot corrupt you, this one persists lol. But he is nearly left alone in here….this aint an easy recruiting board for him :)

      • Well, it’s a thankless task, trying to cover up for mass murderers, especially ones that can’t even get their own ridiculous stories straight (Putin says Assad accidentally hit a rebel chemical weapon store, while Assad says the whole thing was a hoax and it never happened).

        • Well, it’s a thankless task, trying to cover up for mass murderers, especially ones that can’t even get their own ridiculous stories straight

          In which case, I am sure you can sympathize Ben H – being an apologist for a mass murderer (US president) who can’t keep a story straight. That goes for his two predecessors BTW.

          Putin says Assad accidentally hit a rebel chemical weapon store, while Assad says the whole thing was a hoax and it never happened).

          Both true it appears.

          1. An internal administration paper on the issue now circulating in Washington, a copy of which Truthout obtained, clearly refers to “a regime airstrike on a terrorist ammunition dump in the eastern suburbs of Khan Sheikhoun.”

          More importantly, the US military allegedly knew in advance that the strike was coming: Russian military officers informed their American counterparts of the Syrian military’s plan to strike the warehouse in Khan Sheikhoun city 24 hours before the planned airstrike, according to the former US official who spoke with Truthout. The official is in direct contact with a US military intelligence officer with access to information about the US-Russian communications. The military intelligence officer reported to his associate that the Russians provided the information about the strike to the Americans through the normal US-Russian Syria deconfliction telephone line, which was established after the Russian intervention in 2015 to prevent any accidental clash between the two powers. The officer said that Russia communicated to the US the fact that the Syrians believed that the warehouse held toxic chemicals.

          …..
          These phosphine-producing munitions can be lethal if humans are exposed in confined space, and they have the smell of garlic or rotting food. That is precisely the smell that was reported by eyewitnesses in Khan Seikhoun. Sarin, on the other hand, is normally odorless.
          http://original.antiwar.com/porter/2017/04/14/new-revelations-belie-trump-claims-on-syria-chemical-attack/

          2. Syria Chemical attack: Doctors say child gas victims ‘arrived dead’ at hospital. This in spite of the fact that those performing procedures on them for the cameras.
          http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/syria-chemical-attack-doctors-children-gas-victims-dead-hospital-idlib-a7667246.html

          I hope that helps. :)

          • Andre, needless to say, I didn’t waste my time reading your entire post, but I see from your first sentence that you intend to argue that Putin’s and Assad’s completely contradictory cover stories for the regime sarin attack are in fact, both true.
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            You are beyond satire at this stage, Andre. You’re literally arguing that something happened and didn’t happen at the same time. If Assad said the moon was made of cheese and Putin claimed the moon didn’t exist and was a vast Western conspiracy, you’d find some way to argue that the moon was both non-existent and made of cheese.

            • Satire. Is the word i always used to describe russian propaganda. Pure second/third class satire. Maybe thats why its even more hilarious.

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