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Nadine Elali

Tfeil residents: “They made fools of us”

Syrian Army barrel bomb (Image courtesy of Twitter)

The Syrian army is launching a campaign of aerial bombardment against Lebanese civilians in the border town of Tfeil.

 

“For the past two nights, Syrian warplanes have been throwing barrel bombs on the Ain al-Jawzeh farm in Tfeil, where over 2000 Syrian refugees have sought shelter” Mohamad, a resident of the town told NOW, “As a result two Lebanese civilians, a female and a male, Mohamad Ali Haidar and Fatima Ahmad Hamoud were killed in the process.”

 

Tfeil, a Lebanese village with a population of almost 4,000 Lebanese citizens and 10,000 Syrian refugees had been under siege for over four months by Hezbollah forces and Syrian Army Forces, without supplies of food, electricity, shelter, or aid.

 

Following an outcry to lift the siege and to open the roads leading into Lebanon, Lebanese security forces opened the road to the village almost two weeks ago and provided residents with aid, and arranged a safe passage for those who were wounded following the Syrian attacks.

 

However, residents continued to express their fears due to the continued absence of state institutions and anticipated future attacks by Syrian regime forces just like the one taking place now.

 

“Lebanese forces did not enter the village,” said Mohamad, “they came for one day and then left us all alone to deal with the Syrian regime attacks. They made fools of us.”

 

“Nobody cares for us,” he added, “We are Lebanese nationals. Why don’t we get the same treatment as others do? Consider us the farmers who were kidnapped in the South or the residents of Maaloula who needed rescuing,” he cried out.

 

NOW confirmed the attacks with a local, who preferred to remain anonymous, who explained that for the past 3 hours the village is being shelled by Syrian tanks and the shelling is targeting the central town.

Syrian Army barrel bomb (Image courtesy of Twitter)

Nobody cares for us…We are Lebanese nationals. Why don’t we get the same treatment as others do? Consider us the farmers who were kidnapped in the South or the residents of Maaloula who needed rescuing.”