“The violence has worsened… the security forces and army are much more aggressive”
The video was recorded yesterday [Sunday, October 23rd] in Homs’s central neighbourhood of Al Khalidiya, which is predominantly Sunni. Security forces had opened fire on homes in the area, and several people were gathered in the street. You can see in the video that there is a man lying wounded on the ground. His friend then goes to help him and as he’s doing so, the security forces shoot him too. Neither one of them survived.
“There will always be someone who will risk their life to help a friend”
After Gaddafi’s death, the regime went crazy. They were big Gaddafi supporters, and the country’s minority Alawite population viewed him as a victim [President Bashar al-Assad is an Alawi Muslim, a branch of Shiite Islam, which makes up around 11 percent of Syria’s population, in contrast to the country’s 74 percent majority Sunni population]. Security forces have begun routing out army deserters to keep any guns or weapons from landing in the opposition’s hands, because they are terrified the same thing could happen here.