Gunmen have reportedly massacred a family in Hama Province in west-central Syria in yet another instance of violation of a ceasefire called last week between the government and armed groups.
The incident occurred on Wednesday when armed men stormed the house of a man, identified as Zakaria Khalif, in the province’s al-Mala’ab neighborhood, killing him along with his wife and three children, Xinhua reported.
Seven law enforcement members, including two officers, were also killed in separate attacks in the northwestern Syria province of Idlib and the capital Damascus’ suburb of Douma.
Syria has been experiencing the unrest since mid-March 2011. The violence has claimed the lives of hundreds of people, including many security forces.
Despite reports of sporadic clashes in some areas, relative calm has returned to most parts of the country since a UN-backed ceasefire took effect last Thursday.
Damascus accuses armed groups of violating the truce by continuing attacks on the government forces, while opposition figures claim that the Army has killed a number of civilians since the initiation of the ceasefire.
8 Law Enforcement Members Martyred in Idleb, Daraa and Damascus Countryside, Terrorists Murder Entire Family in Hama
PROVINCES, (SANA)- Six law enforcement members, including a first lieutenant, were martyred on Wednesday and 11 others were injured in an explosive device blast in the town of al-Mastoumeh in the countryside of Idleb province.
The martyrs include First Lieutenant Tammam Hassoun and Privates Anas Idris Juani, Hassan Ahmad Arnous, and Faraj Mustafa Ismael.
The explosive device was planted on al-Mastoumeh-Idleb road and detonated by an armed terrorist group targeting the law enforcement personnel.
Policeman Martyred in Daraa
Meanwhile in Daraa province, the policeman Youssef Qasqas was martyred by the gunfire of a sniper in front of the Customs’ old building in the city of Daraa.
Lieutenant Colonel Martyred in Damascus Countryside
In Damascus Countryside, an armed terrorist group opened fire on members of law enforcement forces in teh city of Douma killing a lieutenant colonel and injuring a chief warrant officer.
SANA reporter quoted a source in the province as saying that an armed terrorist group driving a white Mazda car opened fire on law enforcement personnel near al-Baz gas station.
The source added that the shooting resulted in the martyrdom of Lt. Col. Wael Hassan, while a chief warrant officer was seriously wounded.
Terrorists Murder Entire Family in Hama
An armed terrorist group broke into the home of citizen Zakariya Khalif in Janoub al-Mala’ab neighborhood in Hama, murdering him along with his wife and three daughters.
Armed groups attack 3 microbuses transporting law-enforcement forces, abducting a number of them
Armed terrorist groups today attacked three microbuses that transport law-enforcement forces on their way back home, abducting a number of them.
The armed groups at Khanaser, Kanater and Khan al-Asal areas in Aleppo attacked the microbuses , kidnapping several members and taking them to unknown place.
226 Wanted Men from Hama and Its Countryside Turn Themselves In
226 wanted men from Hama and its countryside on Tuesday turned themselves in and surrendered their weapons to the authorities.
A source in the governorate said that those who turned themselves in and surrendered their weapons were released after verifying that they didn’t commit any acts of violence or murder against citizens.
The wanted men said that they now intend to return to their daily lives and rejoin society, pledging not to bear arms again and resort to vandalism or anything that may undermine the country’s security and safety.