Syria’s 1982 Hama Massacre Recalled: Lesson for Assad Today?


After violent clashes between government forces and Muslim Brotherhood insurgents in several trouble spots in 1982, then-President Hafez Al-Assad ordered troops into the restive city of Hama. For three weeks Syrian tanks and planes bombarded Hama while soldiers airlifted in by helicopter carried out house-to-house searches and on-the-spot executions. Estimates of the total number of civilians who died in the siege range widely between 10,000 and 45,000.

A Syrian-American with family roots in Hama recently described the stories she heard from family members who escaped the massacre and found refuge in her father’s house in Damascus.

“I was 16 and I was just like hearing every day those horror stories when people were coming,” said Rana al-Hamwi. “I can start telling you books of stories from every person and what they saw over there.”

“Even now, all I can see from life is a black cloud following me and that has been with me for a long time.”

Read more at Middle East Voices-Voice of America

Author: konigludwig

progressive social democrat, internationalist, conservationist

2 thoughts on “Syria’s 1982 Hama Massacre Recalled: Lesson for Assad Today?”

  1. As sickening as it is, it’s not surprising that a dictator would kill as many as he could to retain power. I think it will come to an end soon. Lets see….. how long ago did I first make that statement?


    1. Three decades later, the names and places are yet familiar: The Assad regime, Syria and the Muslim Brotherhood. The history of the Middle East is deep and complex, not unlike the thousands of years of human cultural remains accumulated in its innumerable archaeological sites.


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