By the 5th anniversary of the chemical massacre, the regime digs up graves of victims and obliterates the biggest massacre in Syria after being carried out by Maher Assad’s orders • The Syrian Observatory For Human Rights

By the 5th anniversary of the chemical massacre, the regime digs up graves of victims and obliterates the biggest massacre in Syria after being carried out by Maher Assad’s orders

Rif Dimashq Province, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights: the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights obtained information about the continuation of evidence and facts obliterating process by the regime forces, which prove their carry out of the massacre, in conjunction with the 5th anniversary of the chemical massacre in the Eastern and Western Ghouta, and in the details obtained by the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights: the regime forces their control over the Eastern Ghouta and the completion of sweep, looting, raids and the arrests; have been working on the chemical massacre file, where reliable sources confirmed to the Syrian Observatory that regime’s authorities summoned tens of people who were present during and after the massacre, where they have summoned every person who documented, photographed, and participated in preparing the bodies and burying them, and all those who participated in the treatment of the injured ones, and they were investigated in detail by asking them about the full details of the massacre and its particulars, they even summoned those in charge of the cemeteries of Zamalka, Ein Tarma, and Arbin to tell them about the locations of the graves of the victims of the chemical weapons massacre in the capital Damascus.

Reliable sources confirmed to the Syrian Observatory that they monitored the regime enter the graves and start exhumations, to recover the remains and transfer them to other areas unknown so far, in a clear actions by the regime through which it intends to obliterate the traces of the heinous crime it had carried out, which had claimed the lives of hundreds of civilians, where hundreds of civilians were more than 500 were documented in both Eastern and Western Ghouta, including 80 children under the age of eighteen and about 140 woman over the age of eighteen.

Also, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights obtained intersected information from eyewitnesses and residents of the Eastern Ghouta, which confirmed to the Syrian Observatory that the shelling that took place on the 21st of August 2013 at 01:30 AM was carried out by missiles whose launch sounds were strongly heard; but their explosions were not heard after they fell in Zamalka city and the area between Zamalka and Ayn Tarma, where -according to the locals’ testimony- no similar sounds have been heard for such a kind of weapons, and after the shelling hundreds of casualties and injuries were seen in Zamalka and the surrounding areas, and in other areas the Eastern Ghouta, the intersected and local sources told the Syrian Observatory that they attributed the reason to the preparations of the Eastern Ghouta factions for a massive military operation against the regime forces through a concentrated, intense, and violent attack, that aims to enter and controlling the capital Damascus and initiate a guerrilla war inside of it, but the security and military authority of the regime were able to get information about real preparations for a true attack by thousands of fighters of the factions, and sources said that the regime forces at that time were not ready for such a kind of attack, which was largely and carefully prepared by the factions, so the regime forces rushed to the launched missiles at the center of the military operation against Damascus carrying chemical materials, and they were launched by orders of Maher al-Assad, who is the brother of president of the Syrian regime and the current commander of the 4th Division, after appointing him in April 2018 in his position, and the order was carried out by a Brigadier General  from Safita area in the countryside of the coastal province of Tartous.

It worth mentioning that the chemical weapons massacre took place in the Eastern and Western Ghouta on the 21st of August 2013, which claimed the lives of hundreds of civilians, children, women, and fighters and injured hundreds more, also the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights published on the 9th of August 2018 that the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights obtained information from several reliable sources that the regime forces have found a mass grave in the Eastern Ghouta, and in the details documented by the Syrian Observatory: the regime forces found a mass grave in al-Shifonyyah area in the countryside of Douma in the Eastern Ghouta, which includes remains believed to belong to members of the regime forces and Hezbollah, and the sources confirmed to the Observatory that the regime forces did not begin yet the process of exhumation from this mass grave, which is located in an area contains the largest headquarters of Jaysh al-Islam, where the graves include remains of the Lebanese Hezbollah members who were killed in late 2013, when a violent clashes erupted between Jaysh al-Islam against the regime forces, the Lebanese Hezbollah, and the gunmen loyal to them back then.

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