At least 19 Syrian troops killed in Palmyra car bombings

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At least 19 members of Syria's security forces were killed in two suicide car bombings targeting a military intelligence headquarters in Palmyra on Wednesday (February 6th), AFP reported.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said that more than 20 troops were also wounded, some critically.

The Observatory said opposition fighters attacked the buildings soon after the double blasts, while the army deployed security forces in the city.

A shootout around the buildings then broke out, wounding eight civilians, the Observatory said.

State news agency SANA also reported the blasts, saying two suicide bombers blew themselves up "in the residential district of Jamiyeh al-Gharbi" in Palmyra.

Elsewhere, the Observatory reported fierce battles between the army and opposition fighters in the Damascus district of al-Qadam amid bombardments surrounding the capital.

The Observatory gave an initial death toll of 69 people killed nationwide.

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    أمجد ماضي

    2013-2-21

    Sure the soldiers in Syria had a part in killing the Syrian revolutionists, because they are supporters of President Bashar and they obeyed him. Therefore, it is natural that this happened to them, and even more than this, because if they stood up for once and said "No" to injustice, surely God would be stand by them and this incident would not have happened. But each soul that has died in Syria was because of Bashar, who gave the orders, and of course the Syrian soldiers who carried out his orders. I support the army, too; first and last, they are the army that is supposed to protect Syria, but this protection is against the Syrian people, and the people are paying the price. So we must all pray for the martyrs of Syria, including the army.

  • كرم جابر

    2013-2-21

    The people in Syria are in great shock due to what happened lately, when about nineteen soldiers were gathering at their headquarters, and did not want to cause any destruction in their country, but what happened in Syria was out of their control. Some of them agree with what the Syrian regime is doing and others do not agree with it at all, but their duty is to carry out orders. Therefore, killing those soldiers did not have any purpose at all, because they are the human wealth of Syria and must be maintained, not the opposite, by attacking the human souls with the explosion that took place at the army headquarters in Palmyra. Those who bombed the car must search for the roots of the incidents in Syria and get rid of them. What is happening in Syria is because of Bashar El Assad, because he really wants to distort Syria and its future, so it is better to look for basic solutions with him.

  • دينا محمد

    2013-2-21

    We belong to God and to Him we shall return. Those are Syrian soldiers and we must mourn them as well, because there are Muslims among them who have obeyed the call of duty to their country, without regard to politics, and without caring who is with whom and who is against whom. However, we must admit that Bashar has to go now, so there won't be any more victims on either side, because he is the reason behind the murder and destruction that is happening everywhere in our beloved Syria.

  • ايلين موسى

    2013-2-17

    I think this kind of life has become impossible in Syria. I see myself as a citizen; I do not like quarreling or violence. If I were one of the Syrian citizens and lived in this atmosphere, which is full of killing and fighting on both sides, and if I heard that there was a suicide bombing that killed more than nineteen soldiers, and on the other side, you find that hundreds of people are killed in this way, then actually, I would not be able to calm down unless I emigrated, even if it was the last day of my life. This is not to encourage the Syrian people to run away, but the situation is really sorrowful and disappointing. I do not think a man can really bear this kind of killing and bloodshed. I do not know how long the fighting between the opposition and the regime will continue. In all my life, the only thing I have known is to live in calm and peace, and I am sure there are Syrians like me. A man does not have to be a revolutionist, or one of those who are aware of politics. The most important thing is to live in peace.

  • حمزة قاسم

    2013-2-17

    How can this be happening in Syria and how can people be the ones who pay the price? This is not like any crime; it is a terrorist crime that has been preplanned in order to get rid of the Syrian soldiers. How can this happen and how could the Syrian opposition approve of this? No one can ever be happy or accept to be killed in this atrocious manner. It seems that we became like Iraq, a country in which soldiers are killed frequently. How could human rights organizations remain silent about the killing of 19 soldiers in one go? We demand justice to be delivered and we won't remain silent about this because if we do so, we will see similar crimes unfolding each day in Syria and they will do as they please.

  • نازلى مندور

    2013-2-16

    However, we cannot exclude the opposition, but I think that it prefers fighting and confrontations, not suicide bombings. We ask God to help Syria to get rid of Al-Qaeda in Syria, but this will only happen when Syria become united.

  • مراد علاء

    2013-2-16

    The Syrians must realize that they would be targeted by Al-Qaeda because it is a filthy organization, which destroyed every countr which it enters. Al-Qaeda enters the states whose regime is weak or unable to achieve stability and harmony. Hence, it is expected that the soldiers who were killed in Syria might be killed by the members of Al-Qaeda in Syria who work under the name of Nusra Front. Honestly, I feel that this suicide attack carries their fingerprints.

  • ليلى نافع

    2013-2-14

    I wonder how they dared to carry out the bombing, which occurred in Palmyra! What are the hidden reasons behind these bombings? Isn’t it obvious that this spot is the location of the army, or did they intend to kill those soldiers, who are valuable human beings and are an asset of the Syrians? Does killing them solve the problem of Syria? Then where has the solution been up to now? Or is killing them just a coincidence or what? I don't understand why the war in Syria has gone this far. It is known that there must be more efforts to solve the problem in Syria. So, if the Syrian people are not that much of a concern to the world, which is being urged to help solve the problem, then there is no need at all for the world to help. God knows how much suffering the Syrian people have been exposed to, and how great their crisis is, and that it needs assistance. These soldiers died and sacrificed their lives, but this sacrifice will not bear any fruit, because the hearts are broken with grief over the loss of these soldiers. The Syrian people need stability, security and safety; enough torture and division among the Arab countries.

  • مروان إبراهيم

    2013-2-14

    May God keep us safe from every enemy who wants to take all the goodness of Syria. Does Syria get targeted in this way every day or every other day? We see the clashes between the opposition and the Syrian regime. The big problem is that these clashes do not end and that’s it. It has to end in blood, to make the Syrian soil taste the blood of the martyrs, although the martyrs want their rights and nobody gets them for them, because the problem is that there are martyrs every day and nobody knows how to get their rights, as there are too many of them. Seriously, may God be with them. The strange thing about those Syrians is that now they are fighting using tanks; is this a war between enemies that has gone so far? The situation does not require all this great number of tanks and missiles. This is something new to the Arabs, that when there are divisions among them, they fight each other with tanks and missiles. Seriously, this is extraordinary. May God protect us from what is coming, as of course the Syrians will insist on their stand and say that it's their right, because what's gone is gone, but nobody knows what's coming. Is it assumed that someone will answer us? I want to ask the United Nations not to send that aid, which can be sent and used up in one day, like food and water. It will get used up as if nothing had been sent to the Syrians. So we must find the right solution to all of these problems. I hope that all the human rights organizations try to achieve the rights of the young people who died in Syria, or achieve the rights of those young people in Syria. It is assumed that someone will find the solution. I hope I wake up to find the Syrian people in peace and safety, living well in their country and blessed by the goods of their country, as that is the least of their rights.

  • باسل جمال

    2013-2-13

    I'm really sad for the Syrians and sympathize with them. Also, how did they dare do this to themselves?! The crisis in Syria is caused by both the opposition and the supporters, and there is a civil war. How did they let it go so far as to do this to each other? Do they have so little respect for human rights? We want to find solution to the Syrian crisis, because the fights have increased too much. What really saddens me is that the Syrians are taking revenge on each other, meaning that they kill each other as if they were enemies. It has gone so far that they are using tanks, which were actually used in Aleppo in many districts. We have to keep silent about this; there must be hope and we need to try to fix life for the Syrians more than this, because we must fix it, because the civil war must end and there should not be any more innocent victims.

  • مراد علاء

    2013-2-12

    There is no God but God. How Syria turned overnight into those cemeteries which do not have the bodies of anyone except the Syrians who had been killed and were bleeding! They do not have the slightest respect for the Syrian people’s right to life, so the reaction is to bomb the car in Tadmor, to get rid of the Iraqi soldiers in Syria. The soldiers, whatever they were doing in Syria, are citizens who willingly chose to be soldiers to defend the rights of their country. They do not want anything for their country except for it to be safe. They are ordered by Bashar al-Assad, and they must obey him, and they are blameless in this. Yet, this tragic incident happens, and the Syrian people are required to keep silent about it, and never to speak again. Why is there this intelligence, and who is really responsible for this incident? Are they really followers of Bashar al-Assad, or are they members of the Syrian people, or are they citizens who wanted to be saved, or are they terrorists who were lured into Syria, so that Syria became like Iraq? No one can enter it again, because it has become a terrorist country, known for bombing and destruction.

  • ناردين عبد المنعم

    2013-2-10

    We are the creatures of God and to Him we shall return. The killing in Syria has become so intense between the opposition parties and the official army. I think there are also features of the presence of al-Qaeda, looming on the horizon. From time to time, we hear about suicide bombings claiming the lives of many Syrian soldiers. To be honest, Bashar al-Assad is only responsible for the massive blood shedding because he is the commander number1. He must respond to the demands of the people and care about the security. He must save the Syrians before they are killed altogether. Then, we could do nothing but collect their scrap. We do not want such things to happen, never.

  • رامى عادل

    2013-2-10

    It is a fool Army since they have granted loyalty and wealth to such a low person as Bashar given that all the loyalty is supposed to be to the people. No one has understood what is currently taking place in Syria, especially that the Army is serving the regime at the expense of good people. In fact, everyone including the brigades and soldiers are paid from the wealth of the people. On the other hand, we read that they shoot the people using the ammunition which has been bought by the money of the people. This is really a scandal. May Allah take revenge on Bashar, his regime and his Army given that they have exposed us to the entire world.

  • نازلى مندور

    2013-2-10

    When errors abound here and there, achieving justice, the right, the security and the wellbeing of the nation will become difficult, and it may even be impossible in the advanced stages of the dispute ... There is no wellbeing than that of Allah and His laws ... The evil of villains is not stronger than His. May God damn the evil of Satan and the hypocrisy which paves the way for extremism, violence and division! The Arab Spring came to describe the Arab people who have revolted against their failed oppressive rulers. In fact, the latter have failed because they have not adopted the laws of the Quran and the Sunnah of his Holy Prophet, blessings and peace be upon him, in making a just constitution to the country and the people. The beauty and calmness of divine justice has been replaced by the tyranny of the hypocrisy of secularism, disappointment, reaction, corruption and the infidelity of regimes which have pulled Syria, Tunisia, Libya and Iraq decades backward. This is really an accurate description if we research the situation in all its aspects namely the political, economic, social and even the military one!! The return of people in these countries to good times will be achieved only if secularists or sectarians adopt the centrist and moderate laws of the Quran and the Sunnah of the Messenger of Allah, blessings and peace be upon him. In so doing, the law of Allah will be that of the strong, successful, safe and fair State which avoids the oppression of its citizens.

  • احمد عبد الرسول

    2013-2-10

    May God disgrace the Free Syrian Army, which burnt the cars and demolished houses of the people? This is oppression because the Free Syrian Army aims at humiliating the Syrian people.

  • نيفين عدلى

    2013-2-10

    How can the Syrian be people be so worthless as this? Every day, we learn of a new incident claiming the lives of Syrians. This time, the Syrian soldiers are being attacked as well, and around 20 soldiers have been lost in a blink of an eye. But all we will do is seek mercy for them from god and the issue will end at that. Is there no law that to which these people adhere? We are really tired of the sheer amount of viciousness that Syrians are undergoing. The world is supposed to value the lives of Syrians and put an end to what is going. I can’t imagine the series of bombings that took place one after the other, and the strange thing is that each bombing has nothing to do with the preceding one. In other words, Syrian is being targeted by a number of interested parties and everyone is covetous of Syria despite the difficult times it is undergoing. If we talk about the attack that hit the Syrian army base, the only ones that paid the price are the soldiers who were there, not to mention those who were wounded and could die at any moment. What did these soldiers do? They are military personnel and must be respected by all, and they should not lose their lives in this cruel manner. Is might be true that the situation in Syria necessitates the army’s interference, but since the soldiers are dying and are losing their lives like this, then the world must realize that Syria is in need of help. This help must come as soon as possible in order to rescue as much as possible, and I hope the message will be conveyed to the concerned parties. Otherwise, Syria will continue bleeding and will continue losing its good people. The only ones that will survive are those who are compelled to go to the neighboring countries in order to find a chance to lead their lives.

  • جميلة العدان

    2013-2-10

    Syria and the Free Syrian Army will triumph, God willing, because God defends the believers. The Free Syrian Army was founded by a handful of individuals who hided in scrublands, trees and caves. But God has willed to spread His light in all its fullness and He will have those who are fighting for His cause victorious. These fighters have now become an army that God uses to fight the pharaohs of this era and their supporters. However, God has willed to spread His light in all its fullness, however hateful this may be to all who disbelieve.

  • ليلى نافع

    2013-2-10

    I don’t know whether I should feel happy or sad over this news. This is because Bashar’s regime has lost some soldiers, but these soldiers are also Syrian citizens. May god punish Bashar because he put us in this dilemma and he made us feel this way. It is very possible that the opposition did not wage this attack since the opposition has nothing to do with suicide bombings and similar things. It is also possible that the Nusrah Front is involved in this bombing, so let Bashar taste the same bitterness now that he found himself someone to infuriate him. Let them set Bashar on fire for he deserves every predicament and we will never feel sorry for him or his supporters. If any of his supporters feel he is engaged in wrongdoing, then he must leave the post he is holding and join the opposition. Anyone is welcome and all doors are open for everyone, and many respectable people have done the same and joined the opposition. In my opinion, people must also play a role and reject these bombings because if they condone them, they would be condoning terrorism. On the other hand, if they reject bombings and Bashar, then the Syrian people will be deemed as people with a cause. At that time, Bashar and the whole world will have to respect the Syrian people, appreciate them and even defend them. Hence, the people must play a role in supporting the demonstrations that reject terrorism and violence in Syria.

  • بشرى الحربى

    2013-2-9

    May Allah rest the souls of the soldiers who died in Syria! I hope that Allah will accept them as Martyrs. I also hope that someday I will meet them in Heaven. In fact, the victims did not sin to deserve death in such a horrible way. I really wonder how those soldiers could be killed in such conditions. Whatever happens, those people are soldiers. They should not be killed as such. We must find a way to overcome the current situation. The international community must bear in mind that the Syrian soldiers are being killed. We must show greater attention to them. Whatever happens, Syria will be liberated from the tyranny of their ruler. The international community has no alternative but to help the Syrian people get rid of the evil acts of Bashar al-Assad, may Lord take revenge on him. I hope that he will be deposed soon, God willing. The situation has become intolerable. We are shocked by the bombing incident which claimed the lives of about twenty soldiers. Thus, we should offer something to the Syrian soldiers. We should, at least, pray God to bless them. On the other hand, we have to reach a resolution to save the lives of the remaining Syrian people and to protect the soldiers who are still living in their homeland. The very survival of Syria is at stake. Therefore, we should not make any mistake in this respect. Sincerely, it is a pity the innocent children are suffering as such. May Allah protect them all! I also feel sorry for the mothers who see their children being killed before them. Some mothers arrive to the crime scene only to see their little ones dismembered. Could you picture the sorrow of those mothers, dear Arabs? Syria must overcome. The situation could not be worse in light of explosions. We are witnessing massive terrorist acts. It seems that Syria has already become terrorist-infested.