Recently, the name of this city has responded with pain in the hearts of all honest people, especially Christians. The terrorists who captured Maalulya, abused the monastery of St. Thecla, and held his mother Superior and nuns for three months (fortunately, the sisters were released in early March). Invaders who call themselves “freedom fighters” robbed houses and temples, stamped icons on their feet, smashed statues of the Savior and the Virgin Mary, killed unwanted people right on the streets of this holy city, many of whose inhabitants spoke Aramaic, the language of Christ. The hypocritical West did not utter a word in defense of Christians in Maaloule, indifferently watching the bandits rampant in the territory of an ancient shrine, where in former times hundreds of thousands of people from all over the world had gathered.
And now the city was liberated by the army. Of course, much that was beautiful in him was destroyed and would never be the same. From the hotel "Safir", where many pilgrims stayed, remained miserable charred ruins. But now thousands of people who have been forced to flee to Damascus and other cities will be able to return to their homes.
The joy of this victory, however, is overshadowed by the fact that terrorists killed three journalists of the Lebanese television channel Al-Manar, covering the course of the special operation. Hamza Haj Hasan, a special correspondent for a television channel in Syria, Mohammed Mantash, a cameraman, and Halim Alva, a cameraman’s assistant, drove in a car with the word “Press”. The car was shot by criminals who deliberately, deliberately aimed at journalists, not wanting truth to become known to the world.
Following Maaluley, the servicemen liberated Al-Sarh and Dzhubba in the Kalamun area. The people of Jubba, who had suffered a great deal at the hands of militants, took to the streets, enthusiastically meeting soldiers carrying peace.
But, while the residents of the liberated areas of the province of Damascus were happy about the victory, another tragedy came to the city of Homs.
Let me remind you, 9 April a double terrorist attack in the quarter of Karm Al-Lez led to the death of 25 people. And on April 14 around 15 hours, this time in the Al-Akram quarter, there was a loud explosion again.
Rescuers, employees of the Syrian Red Crescent Society, firefighters, servicemen who provide order, as always, arrived promptly. These people really risked their lives and health, because the previous terrorist attack in the same city that happened just a few days ago was a double one, and many of those who, in accordance with their professional duty, arrived at the first explosion, were victims of the second.
Workers loaded onto the tow truck what was left of the car - the culprit of the attack. Its separate fragments were scattered over a distance of more than 100. The car’s mined destruction was done a lot. At the site of the explosion remained deep funnel.
Everywhere - on the asphalt, in the affected homes, in the offices - fragments of broken glass, sometimes - painted with blood. Moreover, even in those houses and shops that were far enough away from the explosion site. Broken glass is the cause of most injuries in explosions.
But the main blow fell on the perfume shop - it was near him that a mined car was parked. In this shop were found the bodies of three people, among them - a girl. Total victims of the attack were 4 man. About a hundred people were injured.
There was a lot of material damage to families living near the site of the terrorist attack. The hostess confusedly looks at the crushed kitchen: now much remains to be restored.
Among the affected offices is the representative office of the country's main mobile company, Syriatel.
The attack occurred two blocks from the hospital, so the wounded were hospitalized promptly. The bodies of the four dead were also delivered there.
In addition, on this day in Homs often heard the sounds of falling mortar shells. Terrorists bombarded those neighborhoods of the city where a normal life, which is so hateful to “fighters for democracy”, was going on before. As a result of one of the attacks, a young Syrian footballer Tariq Greyre, a youth team player, was killed.
And on April 15, another atrocious crime was committed by militants in Damascus - an elementary school in Bab Tum quarter was fired from a mortar. As a result, one school boy died, 36 citizens, most of whom - children - were injured. A similar crime was committed against the school in the Duweyl district - there were injured 5 people.
Sometimes happy things happen on this black background. stories with a happy ending. Thus, the Austrian citizen Anton Sandrer was lucky to escape alive from the captivity of the militants.
A lawyer by profession, Sandrer arrived in the quarter of Al-Waar in Homs in August 2013. Then there was quite a normal life in this area, and he came to visit friends, not knowing how this trip would end for him. However, a few months later the quarter was captured by armed gangs. And on November 1 2013, the Austrian was abducted.
The released lawyer told reporters that after the militants entered Al-Wa'ar, life in the quarter became a "real hell." And in captivity, he was subjected to constant beatings and often heard the groans of people who were tortured in the next rooms.
One day Sandrer realized that the gangsters were going to kill him. Then he decided to escape. But he could not leave the dangerous area himself - he was helped by the competent authorities. The Austrian thanked the servicemen of the Syrian army, who treated him with respect and actually saved him from death.
This citizen of the Western state regrets bitterly about the life that was in Syria before the terrorist war. “It was a real paradise,” he recalls. Sandrer also called on all those who are helping the gangs to stop supporting the murderers and kidnappers. It would be worth all Western countries to listen to the opinion of a European who survived captivity from those whom they call "rebels".
The Syrians were greeted by the plane EMERCOM of Russia, which arrived at the airport of the city of Latakia. He delivered 15 tons of humanitarian aid — food, medicine, and everything that is most needed right now to the Syrian people.
And in Syria, life goes on, the struggle with terrorist groups continues. Joy and sorrow go in the same harness. Someone manages to escape in a miraculous way, but someone does not come out alive from the battlefield or from gloomy hospital corridors ...