On the 10th anniversary of the Queiq River Massacre committed by the Assad regime, Muhammad Ali Issa, a member of the Syrian Opposition Coalition, stressed the need for international and human rights organizations to once again confront their responsibilities in holding the regime accountable. He stated that the Queiq River was a witness to the regime’s brutality towards both civilians and detainees.
Doctor Muhammad Kahil, a witness to the massacre and former director of the forensic medicine clinic in Aleppo, provided new information about the tragedy that claimed the lives of at least 240 people. According to Kahil, all victims were handcuffed, blindfolded, and gagged before being shot in the head at close range. Torture was evident on the bodies, including broken limbs, gouged out eyes, beheadings, and burn and bruise marks.
Kahil believes the true number of victims is greater as many bodies were carried away by the river and could not be retrieved by rescue teams.
On January 30, 2013, the Assad regime forces executed a massacre, killing civilians and detainees from Aleppo and its countryside before throwing their bodies into the Queiq River. Issa called for referring the file of war crimes and crimes against humanity committed in Syria to the International Criminal Court.
(Source: SOC’s Media Department)