Father being pulled to safety
Stunned father next to son's body

'Syrian Mohammed al-Dura' shocks Arab world

Video showing father lying next to son's body as Syrian forces fire at mourners draws comparisons to Palestinian symbol of al-Aqsa intifada

Arab media outlets have been reporting extensively about a video documenting Syrian snipers firing at mourners in the Daraa district in early February. The clip shows a father and son lying helpless on the road. The boy appears to be dead as the shooting around the two continues.


Reports have already compared the video to the case of Palestinian boy Mohammad al-Dura from the 2000 al-Aqsa intifada



Father and son helpless as Syrian snipers target mourners

At the end of the video, a man is seen pulling the overwhelmed father to safety. The boy's body is left in the middle of the road as the firing continues.


"This time it's a Syrian boy who was murdered by an enemy as cruel as the Israeli forces," one website said.


A Saudi news anchor could not contain her shock and horror and began crying as she read out the report which again compared the case to that of al-Dura.


Jamal al-Dura, and his 12-year-old son Mohammed, became the symbol of the Al-Aqsa Intifada, when the two were caught in a fire exchange in the Netzarim Junction. But while the Palestinians accused Israel for the boy's death, Israeli officials claimed he was hit by Palestinian fire.The authenticity of a video allegedly documenting the event is still under dispute.




פרסום ראשון: 03.07.12, 11:27
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