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SYRIA / MAZRAAT AL-QUBEIR

The UN Supervision Mission in Syria (UNSMIS) sent teams of observers to the villages of el-Qubeir and el-Rastan today to conduct a fact finding mission following reports yesterday of a massacre where opposition activists say dozens were killed. UNSMIS
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Description

STORY: SYRIA / AL-QUBEIR KILLING
TRT: 1:42
SOURCE: UNSMIS
RESTRICTIONS: NONE
LANGUAGE: ARABIC / NATS

DATELINE: 8 JUNE 2012, HAMA, SYRIA

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1. Various shots, UNSMIS military observers approaching Syria Al-Qubeir village
2. Close up, UNISMIS observer driving next to a shelled house
3. Close up walls of shelled house with holes and bullets marks
4. Wide shot, burning smoke outside house
5. Wide shot, wide hole from shelled house with UNSMIS military observers
on the background
6. Wide shot, various UNSMIS military observers walking inside Al-Qubeir village
7. Med shot, inside house, unidentified men showing mattress spattered with blood and bullet holes next on the walls
8. Close up, blood stained mattress
9. Med shot, unidentified man holding sheet with some human flesh remains
10. Med shot, blood stained floor
11. Close up, pool of blood
13. Med shot, unidentified man pointing at picture frame of man inside house, then breaks down crying
14. Wide shot, shelled house
15. Med shot, UNSMIS civilian staff going through rubble
16. SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Man:
"Young children, infants, my brother, his wife and seven children, the eldest only in 6th grade all dead. I will show you the blood. They burnt his house."
17. Wide shot, shelled village
18. Med shot, UN personnel gathering evidence on the ground

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Storyline

UN observers today (8 June) entered the village of Mazraat al-Qubeir to verify reports of mass killings in the village.

After hours of coordination with local authorities and communities in the area, the observers were able to access the village at 3:30 local time.

Mazraat al-Qubier was empty of its own residents and thus the observers were not able to talk to anyone who witnessed Wednesday’s horrific tragedy.

Upon the arrival of UN observers villagers from a neighbouring town came and spoke of what they heard and the relatives they lost.

Bmp tracks were visible in the vicinity. Some homes were damaged by rockets from bmps, grenades and a range of caliber weapons.

Inside some of the houses, the walls and floors were splattered with blood. Fire was still burning outside houses and there was a strong stench of burnt flesh in the air.

The circumstances surrounding this crime are still unclear. The number and names of those killed are still not confirmed. The observers are still working to ascertain the facts.

The observers were not able to enter Mazraat al-Qubeir yesterday despite multiple attempts throughout the whole day. Their mission was obstructed by three factors:
• They were being stopped at Syrian Army checkpoints and in some cases turned back.
• Some of their patrols were being stopped by civilians in the area.
• They were receiving information from residents of the area that the safety of our observers is at risk if we enter village of Mazraat al-Qubeir.

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