Syria: ANNA News Journalist Marat Musin about Houla Massacre

Posted: May 31, 2012 in Sideviews
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The following text is the translation of a blog entry of the ANNA News journalist Marat Musin, who was in the region of al-Houla (Houla/Hula – near the Syrian city of Homs) last week and who has own experiences how the horrible “Houla massacre” in Syria happened and who is behind the violent and horrible massacre near Homs.

The translation about the own investigations of the journalist Marat Musin, together with Olga Kulygina, about the massacre in al-Houla (al-Houleh/al-Hula) was made with best intentions, you can find the original text of Marat Musin (ANNA News) about the horrible events in Syria at the end of the translation.

As you can see, the explanations and descriptions about the “Hula massacre” (Houla massacre) differ, but considering that Marat Musin has been near al Rastan and the location of the horrible massacre, which was not the only massacre, carried out by armed groups last week in Syria, the question remains:

Why is the UN Human Rights Council not interested in using the information of this journalist Marat Musin and Olga Kulygina for the so-called investigations of the “Houla massacre”, but relies on the typical sources like phone calls with the Syrian opposition members and so on (more information)?

Translation of the information / article by Marat Musin:

АNNА: Material from my own investigation of al-Houla

In the weekend of May 25, 2012, at about 2 PM, big groups of fighters attacked and captured the town of Al – Hula of the Homs province. Al-Hula is made up of three regions: the village of Taldou, Kafr Laha and Taldahab, each of which had previously been home for 25-30 thousand people.

The town was attacked from the north-east by groups of bandits and mercenaries, numbering up to 700 people. The militants came from Ar-Rastan (the Brigade of al-Farouk from the Free Syrian Army led by the terrorist Abdul Razak Tlass and numbering 250), from the village of Akraba (led by the terrorist Yahya Al-Yousef), from the village Farlaha, joined by local gangsters, and from Al Hula.

The city of Ar-Rastan has long been abandoned by most civilians. Now Wahhabis from Lebanon dominate the scene, fueled with money and weapons by one of the main orchestrators of international terrorism, Saad Hariri, who heads the anti-Syrian political movement “Tayyar Al-Mustaqbal” (“Future Movement”). The road from Ar-Rastan to Al-Hula runs through Bedouin areas that remain mostly out of control of government troops, which made the militant attacks on Al Hula a complete surprise for the Syrian authorities.

When the rebels seized the lower checkpoint in the center of town and located next to the local police department, they began to sweep all the families loyal to the authorities in neighboring houses, including the elderly, women and children. Several families of the Al-Sayed were killed, including 20 young children and the family of the AbdulRazak. Many of those killed were “guilty” of the fact that they dared to chang from Sunnis to Shiites. The people were killed with knives and shot at point blank range. Then they presented the murdered to the UN and the international community as victims of bombings by the Syrian army, something
that was not verified by any marks on their bodies.

The idea that the UN observers had heard artillery fire against Al-Houla in the Safir Hotel in Homs at night… I consider nothing short of a bad joke. 50 kilometers lie between Homs and Al-Houla. What kind of tanks or guns has this range? Yes, there was intensive gunfire in Homs until 3 am, including heavy weapons. But, to give an example, on the night of Monday to Tuesday shooting was due to an attempt by law enforcement to regain control for a security corridor along the road to Damascus, Tarik Al-Sham.

After a visual inspection of Al Hula it is impossible to find traces of any of fresh destruction, bombing and shelling. During the day, several attacks by gunmen are made on the last remaining soldiers at the Taldou checkpoint. Militants used heavy weapons and snipers are active from among professional mercenaries.

Note that once, the exactly same provocation failed at Shumar (Homs) and 49 militants and women and children were killed, when it was organized just before a visit of Kofi Annan. The last provocation was immediately exposed as soon as it became known that the bodies of the previously kidnapped belonged to Alawites. This provocation also contained serious inconsistencies – the names of those killed were from people loyal to the
authorities, there were no traces of bombings, etc.

However, the provocation machine is running all the same. Today, the NATO countries directly threat to bomb Syria, and a simultaneous expulsion of Syrian diplomats has begun … As of today, there are no troops within the city of Al Hula, but there are regularly heard bursts of automatic fire, nonetheless. Moreover, it is unclear whether the militants are fighting with each other, or whether supporters Bashar al-Assad are being cleaned out.
Militants opened fire on virtually everyone who tries to get closer to the border town. Before us a UN convoy was fired upon and two armored jeeps of the UN observers were damaged, when they tried to drive up to an army checkpoint in Tal Dow.

In the attack on the convoy a twenty-year-old terrorist was spotted. The fire was directed on the unprotected slopes of the first jeep, the back door of the second armored car was hooked by a fragment. There are wounded among those accompanying. A wounded soldier: “The next day, UN observers came to us at the checkpoint and as soon as they arrived, gunmen opened fire on them. And three of us were injured. One was wounded in the leg, the second – in the back, and I was hit in the hip.

When the observers came, they could hear a woman who was standing next to them and cried, the woman stood and pleaded the observers’ help – to protect her from the bandits. When I was wounded, the observers watched as I fell, but none of them tried to help. Our checkpoint no longer exists. There are no civilians any longer in Taldou, only militants remain. Our relationship to the locals was excellent. They are very good to us; they called on the army to enter Taldou. We were attacked by snipers.”

Unfortunately, many of the militants are professional snipers. 100-200 meters from our group TV-crew, militants attacked a BMP that went to replace soldiers at the checkpoint. During this a soldier – draftee got a concussion and slight tangential wound in the head by a sniper bullet. Looking at the pierced Kevlar helmet, it seems he did not even realize that he survived by a miracle.

Snipers kill up to 10 soldiers and policemen at checkpoints each day. It is true, that the daily casualties of law enforcement agencies in Homs were dozens of victims daily. But, unfortunately, at 10 am, six dead soldiers were taken to the morgue. Most were killed by a shot in the head. And the day had just begun…

So, these are these names of those were killed by snipers in the early morning hours of May 29:

1. Sergeant Ibrahim Halyuf
2. Sergeant Salman Ibrahim
3. Policeman Mahmoud Danaver
4. Conscript Ali Daher
5. Sergeant Wisam Haidar
6. the dead soldier’s family name could not be clarified

The bandits even fired an automatic burst on our group of journalists, although it was clear that this is a normal filming crew, consisting of unarmed civilians.


After Friday prayers at about 2 PM on May, 25th a group from the Al Aksh clan started firing on a checkpoint of law enforcement officers from mortars and rocket-propelled grenades. Returning fire from a BRDM hit the mosque, and this was the very aim to lead to a bigger provocation.

Then, two groups of militants led by the terrorist Nidal Bakkour and Al-Hassan from the Al Hallak clan, supported by a unit of mercenaries, attacked the upper checkpoint on the eastern outskirts of the city. At 15.30 the upper checkpoint was taken, and all the prisoners executed: a Sunni conscript had his throat cut, while Abdullah Shaui (Bedouin) of Deir-Zor was burned alive.

During the attack on the upper checkpoint in the east the armed men lost 25 people, which were then submitted to the UN observers, together with the 108 dead civilians – “victims of the regime”, allegedly killed by bombing and shelling of the Syrian army. As for the remaining 83 bodies, including 38 young children, they were from the families that were executed by militants, all loyal to the government of Syria.


Interview with a law enforcement officer: “My name is Al Khosam, I am a law enforcement officer. I served in the village of Taldou, the district of Al-Hula, a province of Homs. On Friday, our checkpoint was attacked by a large group of militants. There were thousands.

Q: How do you protect yourself?
Answer: A simple weapon. We had 20 people, we called support, and when they were coming for us, I was wounded, and regained consciousness in the hospital. The attackers were from Ar-Rastan and Al-Hula. Insurgents control Taldou. They burned houses and killed people by the families, because they were loyal to the government. Raped the women and killed the children.”

Interview with a wounded soldier: “I am Ahmed Mahmoud al Khali. I’m from the city Manbej. Was wounded in Taldou. I come from a support group that came to the aid of our comrades, who were stationed at the checkpoint.

Militants destroyed two infantry fighting vehicles and one BRDM standing at our checkpoint. We moved out to Taldou in a BMP, to pick up our wounded comrades from the checkpoint within the city. We drove them back in the BMP, and I filled in their place.

And after a while the UN observers came. They came to us, we led them to the homes of families who were cut by thugs.

I saw a family of three brothers and their father in the same room. In another room we found dead young children and their mother. And another one- an old man killed in this house. Only five men, women and children. The woman raped and shot in the head, I covered her with a blanket. And the commission had seen them all. They put them in the car and drove away. I do not know where they took them, probably for burial.”

A resident of Taldou on the roof of the police department:

“On Friday afternoon I was home. Hearing the shots, I came out to watch what was happening and saw that the fire came from the north side, towards the location of army checkpoint. As the army did not respond, they started to approach the homes, were subsequently the family was killed. When the army started to return fire, they used the women and children as human shields and continued firing at the checkpoint. When the army began answered, they fled. After that, the army took the surviving women and children and brought them into safety. At this time, Al Jazeera aired pictures and said that the Army committed the massacre at Al Hula.

In fact, they killed the civilians and children in Al-Hula. The bandits did not allow anyone to carry out their work. They steal everything that they can get their hands on: wheat, flour, oil and gas. Most of the fighters are from the city of Ar Rastan.”

After they captured the city, they carried the bodies of their dead comrades, as well as the bodies of people and the children they killed to the mosque. They carried the bodies in KIA pickups. On May, 25th, at around 8 PM, the corpses were already in the mosque. The next day at 11 o’clock in the morning the UN observers arrived at the mosque.

To exert pressure on public opinion and change the positions of Russia and China, texts and subtitles in Russian and Chinese languages were prepared in advance, reading: “Syria – Homs – the city of Hula. A terrible massacre perpetrated by the armed forces of the Syrian regime against civilians in the town of Hula. Dozens of victims and their number is growing, mainly women and children, brutally killed by indiscriminate bombing of the CITY.”

Two days later, on May 27, after the residents’ stories and video recordings made showed that the facts do not support the allegation of shelling and bombing, the bandits’ videos had undergone significant changes. At the end of the text appeared this postscript: “And some were killed with knives.”

Marat Musin, Olga Kulygina, Al-Hula, Syria

Original text / source:

The translation is based on the impressive work of Soldatovich and Elena. Thank you very much for the tanslation of this text about the recent events near the Syrian city of Homs and in the area of al-Houlah.

  1. German translation and information about it:

    Marat Musin von ANNA News publiziert das erste seiner Interviews mit einer Zeugin der Ereignisse in Al-Hula. Dazu gibt es eine namentliche Liste von FSA-Kommandeuren, welche für den Überfall und den Massenmord verantwortlich sind.

    • apxwn says:

      Jerry, this is the German translation of the “first interview” by ANNA News.

      Here is the complete German translation of this investigation.

      • Thank you very much! Your work absolutely impressive. I`m really happy about it. I`ll share it everywhere!

      • Daria says:

        marat, olga, keep up great work!!! your evidence is crucial to shift the balance of single-sided reporting on events in Houla.

        JerryDandridge, this is RussiaToday TV channel producer. I emailed you earlier last week suggesting interview or comment for RT – please contact me if you’d be interested to talk about Syria and the way it’s covered by mainstream media to RT viewers. thank you!

      • Hi Daria,

        thank you very much! 😉 The most mails are threats, thus I do not really look into these. I will contact you tomorrow, but I doubt I am in the position to give any interview which unmasks my idendity, because I am already on a so-called “hit list” of the Syrian Islamists Revolution and my Government is not interested to care about this, it is not “their” policy at the moment. I`ll write you more in the Email tomorrow morning. I hope you are fine and whenever you meet these Russian Jounalists, they have my highest respect and they should take care.

        Best greetings!

      • I will try to translate this.. perhaps today evening

  2. Souri says:

    “Killers..with long beards and shaved heads..” – No army, no “Shabiha”, that implements Salafist death squads/radicals. AP should know that, of course.

  3. erminia says:

    I have just a critic to do the original post was on my blog and you’d not to quote me but my friend Elena that translated this text from russian

    I think that’s right to do it.

    • Hi erminia,

      of course, would be correct. But don`t blame me, I didn`t know that the article was also delivered to another site from these persons. It seems it wasn`t managed by them like it should be for us two, I would have published a link if I would have known anything about it. 😉

  4. Muhammad Abu Nasr says:

    Here’s a quick English translation of Marat Musin’s report dated 1 June 2012. ( :

    Hims – a town in central-western Syria, the administrative center of the eponymous province is located 162km south of Damascus. It is here that the bandits and government troops waged the fiercest urban combat. In early February the gunmen were driven from the northern suburbs of Hims, including the quarter of al-Khalidiyah, which today law enforcement authorities under thunder of cannonades were again compelled to liberate from the terrorists. Back then, in early February, the bandits driven out of al-Khalidiyah moved their headquarters to Baba Amr.

    It was a real hell at the end of winter here. At night arms and ammunition including heavy weapons were brought into Baba Amr. To coordinate the fighters foreign instructors were sent in, including 16 officers of the French army led by a colonel. The French soldiers were all subsequently arrested.

    Storming the arrea was intitiated after the suppression of firing points ofthe militants in the southern part of the quarter on 23 February. On the same day with the support of armored vehicles the Syrian Special Forces came into Baba Amr. Their logo can still be seen on the walls of houses rescued from the bandits. In early March the 4th Syrian Army took Baba Amr under its full control.

    Today, despite the devastation, residents are slowly returning to their homes. The main sign of the return of peace of course are the children walking on the street. Gangs of noisy local boys rushed around the streets of Baba Amr on bicycles. They immediately ‘captured’ us and didn’t let us go until the very end. The lively boys were not afraid of anything and openly expressed their opinions about the bandits. Then they dragged us to examine the local ‘attractions,’ including the looted of food warehouses.

    The first interview with the boys:
    When the terrorists were here, we couldn’t leave our homes. Every time we went out to go to school they would shoot at us and force us to return home. They were always shooting at houses and anything that moves and didn’t let anyone go to work. When the army entered and liberated our quarter, we could calm down. We began to walk to school and the adults – to work. We’re doing well enough now.

    Second boy: we even went to a camp organized by the school wing of the Baath. We did it with the army.

    Third boy: Peace and security have come back.

    I asked them: what are you doing now?
    We’re walking through the city.

    The boy walks down the street and with his hand points at the destruction: ‘see what the terrorists did? Yes. May God destroy their homes. Se how it’s all destroyed, May God destroy their homes!

    Interview with the most lively one:
    This is what Qatar and Saudi Arabia want. Goddamn Qatar, and Saudia, and Turkey too! What do they want from us? They destroyed everything! They’re destroying Syria. They want for us not to be able to live in safety? They destroyed our country. We used to live very well. Syria was a safe country. May God forbid them health. They were all outsiders, hirelings!

    Unfortunately, while our new friends took us through the ruins of Baba Amr, the terrorists were committing another crime in Hims. At the time that has already become a regular period of daily fire from mortars at the Christian quarters, a shell blasted into a school and killed a woman teacher right in the middle of an exam.

    A video link will be provided tonight.

    Marat Musin, Ol’ga Kulygina, the ANNA-NEWS agency, in the Baba Amr district of Hims, Syria.

    • Thank you very much, Muhammad Abu Nasr! Thats great work and I am totally surprised by this turn and comment and your efforts.. and it seems that i missed it tonight completely to look whether there are new comments made. I wonder what could I do to say thank you for this work and effots? I hope you have a good day!

  5. brian says:

    Great work on syria..thanks
    Youre the first port of call on these issues

  6. Peter Pan says:

    Cui bono?-first question criminal investigators ask themselves while investigating the crime. Without any investigation it was clear that Assad would never do it knowing the consequences. On the other hand we had a threat from the US representative at UN to use Al-Qaida against the sitting government unless it steps down.
    This is called criminal racketeering. I think the Syrian government should file a case in the War Crime Court in Hague (even though I understand that this is a kangaroo court) to create a president and to start an investigation.

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