Hamza Ali al-Khateeb: 'Child Martyr' Tortured to Death in Syria
Syrian Government 'Kills 13-Year-Old Hamza Ali al-Khateeb'
Hamza Ali al-Khateeb, 13 years old, was arrested at a pro-reform demonstration in Jiza, Syria on April 29. A month later, Hamza was returned to his family, dead.
Hamza Ali al-Khateeb had obviously been tortured: his body was covered with bruises, cuts and scars, including bullet wounds. His legs and jaw were broken. His penis was severed. This was the work, say his parents, of Syrian security forces.
Hamza Ali al-Khateeb's parents say that their son's body was returned to them on the condition that they never speak of how he died, but the story came out anyway. There is video footage below which shows Hamza Ali al-Khateeb's body- the footage is graphic.
Hamza Ali al-Khateeb: 'Child Martyr' is One of Many
Anti-government activists are telling the outside world, "This is what happens to you if you oppose Bashar al-Assad's government". When media fatigue was setting in over the reform protests in the Middle East, Bashar al-Assad's government seems to have created a "child martyr", which will only re-invigorate the reform movement. The Anti-Bashar movement says that Hamza Ali al-Khateeb is only one of many: his youth captures our attention, but many men and women have been brutalized and killed by Syria's security forces.