A game of target practice in Syra is making chilling international headlines. According to news reports, snipers belonging to the Assad regime in Syria are engaging in a new sport by which they target pregnant women and their unborn children for a haunting “game” of target practice.
The London Telegraph indicates that a volunteer at a Syrian hospital, David Nott, says snipers in Syria choose different parts of civilians bodies to target as people scurry from place to place to find food and supplies. Then, the target changed to killing unborn children.
Nott provided an x-ray he said showed evidence of the targeting, though the authenticity of it has not been confirmed.
“From the first patients that came in in the morning, you could almost tell what you would see for the rest of the day. It was a game. We heard the snipers were winning packets of cigarettes for hitting the correct number of targets.”
On one day more than six pregnant women were caught by sniper fire and on another day two heavily pregnant women were targeted. They survived but their unborn babies died, one suffering a bullet to the brain.
“The women were all shot through the uterus, so that must have been where they were aiming for… This was deliberate. It was hell beyond hell,” he told the paper.
Pictures showing an x-ray purportedly of a foetus with a bullet lodged in its skull were provided by charity Syria Relief. Their authenticity could not be verified and the skull in the image showed no sign of damage from a high velocity bullet.
Mr Nott has recently returned from Syria, which he described as the most desperate of all war zones and the first place he had seen civilians, and especially pregnant women, being targeted. Mr Nott estimated that 90 per cent of the people he treated were civilians.