The Union of Syrian Medical & Relief Organizations (UOSSM) Mourns the Victims of the Recent Massacres in Banyas & Suburbs, Warns of Acceleration of Humanitarian Toll

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UOSSM is deeply disturbed by the massacres that were committed on the people of Banyas and its suburb in Northwestern Syria, urges the international community to hold their responsibilities and help stop the bloodshed in Syria.

An image taken for men in al-Bayada taken by Assad forces, just before being systematic execution.

UOSSM is extremely disturbed by the massacres targeting Syrian civilians in Banyas and suburb in Northwestern Syria, which serve as a reminder that civilians are still paying the highest cost in the Syrian crisis, and raise the alarm of worsening the already catastrophic humanitarian situation. According to the Washington Post report, published on May 3rd -2013 titled, "Sectarian shadow hangs over latest reported mass killing in Syria’s civil war" the report stated that, “The bodies of the Syrian boys and young men in jeans and casual shirts were strewn along a blood-stained pavement, dying apparently where they fell. Weeping women moved among the dead, and one of them screamed, Where are you, people of the village?” On the other hand, in a report in BBC, published on May 4th -2013, titled, "Syrians flee 'massacres' in Baniyas and al-Bayda." the report stated that, "Hundreds of Syrians have fled coastal areas where activists say government forces have carried out massacres in a campaign of sectarian cleansing.”

Dr Tawfik Chamaa, spokesperson of UOSSM, said, ”The images and videos coming out of these massacres are appalling. From the humanitarian angle, and given the fact that we are already struggling to meet the huge humanitarian needs of the devastated areas in Syria, more bloodshed will worsen the crisis, impede our access to these areas, and push people to flee for their safety, adding an extra burden on the already exhausted refugee assistance programs and aid.” Dr Chamaa added, “The accelerated rate of deaths and destruction in the last week is alarming, and puts pressure on the international community to hold their responsibilities and intervene to stop the bloodshed in Syria.”

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