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Hama Massacre 1982, News, Sami

Hama 30 Years Ago – Sunday 7 February 1982

Assad forces kept attacking every neighborhood in the city, bombing, shelling, and burning as much as they could.

al-Wady (Valley) Neighborhood

A poor neighborhood of daily unemployed workers. Everyone who is over 14 was killed. Later, when the soldiers couldn’t find anything to steal, they destroyed and burned most of the houses there, leaving all women and children subject to the cold weather of February. Casualties estimated to be more than 300 civilians.

al-Mahatta (Train Station) Neighborhood

This neighborhood was a relatively new neighborhood and is close to the train station in Hama. On Sunday the 7th afternoon, the soldiers captured people in their twenties, and gathered them in the train station. They ordered the residents of the nearby buildings to watch them killing over 100 young man.

In other areas in al-Mahatta neighborhood, they did the same to young men in their twenties in two different school yards.

Later, they piled up the bodies in a big hole near the train station and left them there for days before allowing their families to bury their remains.

Death toll of the day was around 1000 civilians, many of them were children under 14 and most were young men in their twenties.

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