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Eyewitness: Barrel bombs are Syrian regime’s way of saying “I don’t care”

February 5th, 2014
01:01 PM ET

With fears that Syria’s chemical weapons deal brokered by the US and Russia has only “strengthened” Bashar al-Assad’s government, one eyewitness inside Syria tells CNN the regime has stepped up its firepower in his Damascus suburb.

“We have been hit by barrel bombs for more than a month now. Just today twelve barrels were sent to Daraya,” Mohammed Abuyamen tells Christiane Amanpour.

Barrel bombs are metal cylinders filled with shrapnel and fuel, dropped from the sky. The bombs have killed dozens of civilians in the past few days, hitting targets including a mosque and makeshift school.

US Secretary of State John Kerry is the latest to speak out against these air raids: “Each and every day that the barrel-bombing of Aleppo continues the Assad regime reminds the world of its true colors”.

For his part, Abuyamen tells Amanpour he believes there’s a definite motivation behind the use of these bombs, saying “the regime is trying to show off its power while it is negotiating in Geneva, it is trying to get the strongest stand there. This is why he’s destroying the cities inside Syria, just to tell the world ‘I don’t care, I can kill everybody if you don’t accept my terms’”.

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  1. SM Akhun

    Every government is barbarous if it is the US, French, Israeli, Syrian or the Egyption government. Everyone is brutal in its own way. There is not a single government in the world which can be considered a humane though they would cry fools. One is brutal in one way and the other the other way.

    February 6, 2014 at 1:51 am | Reply
  2. crinnnge

    The real outlaw is America. USA is a rogue nation supporting unrest and terrorism all over the world . It is the America's covert support that is creating problems there & everywhere. Armageddon is in offing in mid-east . The stone has already struck the great statue with head of gold and feet of clay (911) . Now wait & watch .

    February 6, 2014 at 3:31 am | Reply
  3. Charles madex

    Barrel Bombs is the new propaganda term used by western media to get sympathy for the western backed rebels. If it fails another term will be developed.
    We have heard several terms developed for this war to demonise Assad such as -Assad is killing his own people, Amanpour asking Syrian Ambassador 'how do you sleep at night after killing your people, rebels being called 'peaceful protesters, opposition, activists' freedom fighters, FSA, SNC, friends of Syria etc.

    USA used depleted uranium in Fallujah, Atomic bomb in Hiroshima, Napalm bomb in Vietnam etc. Barrel bomb is not worse than the mentioned, the Syrians will stop using it if your govt stops arming the rebels.

    February 6, 2014 at 7:10 am | Reply
  4. ashok

    Difficult to believe that so much barbarism is being practised by a government on its own people and the UN is a silent spectator.

    February 6, 2014 at 2:50 pm | Reply
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