Bloodshed in Bab Qebli: portrait from Syria’s violent crackdown on Hama
The Syrian authorities continue their violent crackdown on protests nationwide
Shortly after breakfast, Khaled al-Hamedh left his home to buy medicine for his four-year-old brother, who had a fever.
He never came home.
Several hours later, family members laid him to rest in the garden of nearby al-Serjawi mosque, a bullet wound in his back and his body crushed by a tank.
As the 21-year-old construction worker walked out into Hama’s Bab Qebli neighbourhood on Sunday morning, Syrian security forces were encroaching on the city with tanks, firing into residential areas.
The scene was by now all-too-familiar in cities across Syria, as the authorities continued to try to put down months of mainly peaceful protests calling for government reform.
Khaled had himself finished military service in January, a few months before he was faced with tanks on the streets of his hometown.