October 23rd, 2012
10:54 AM ET

Killed seeking bread: Nightmare reality for Syria's hungry

The latest horrifying video from Syria shows yet another attack on a bakery where innocent people were just trying to buy bread.

Screaming men are seen hauling the body of a child into a taxi as other victims zip past.  Mangled bodies lie alongside piles of blood-soaked bread in the grainy images posted on social media.

Col. Abdu Jabar Agadi of the rebel Free Syrian Army tells CNN Syrian troops shelled the location Tuesday in Aleppo, killing dozens, and rebels didn't have the weapons to retaliate.  "The bakery was intentionally targeted by the regime to terrorize the residents," he said.

Syria, which continually blames violence on "terrorists," didn't immediately weigh in on the latest attack.  On state-run media it said it had "eliminated one of the most dangerous armed terrorist groups" in Aleppo.

In the past, Syria it has said its forces killed terrorists near a bakery, uncovered a terrorists' warehouse near a bakery, and found a bakery owner who was murdered by terrorists.

Human Rights Watch said in August that 10 bakeries had been bombed in Aleppo province alone.  In one attack, at least 60 people died.

CNN reported on another bakery shattered last month near Aleppo, as well as one destroyed in Homs in January.

The World Food Programme says about 1.2 million people are displaced inside Syria, and about 1.5 million people will be in urgent need of food assistance over the next few months.  A recent assessment, which had the help of the Syrian government, found that up to 3 million people are expected to be in need of food over the coming year.

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  1. Eddie Jones

    Pfft...I don't see a problem here. They at killing themselves off and saving us Americans the trouble of doing it ourselves.

    Middle East = Filthy Armpit of the world

    October 23, 2012 at 6:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mraccurate

      Why not leave the middle east altogether. Let them keep their petrol money for themselves and you can be on your merry way? Wait you want their money, the only reason the US is so concerned about the middle east Money!.

      October 23, 2012 at 8:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dan

      Yes, and it's good for Israel too.

      October 23, 2012 at 9:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • applepi3

      This kind of blind, racist hatred is the root of US problems in the Middle East. You've probably never met anyone from the region.

      October 23, 2012 at 9:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Islam = terror

      Thanks to Assad, and thanks to China and Russia for making these people starve.

      October 24, 2012 at 4:44 am | Report abuse |
    • James

      The fact we don't know if it's truly Assad's government or terrorists blowing stuff up for propoganda purposes shows why we shouldn't go in there guns-a-blazing.

      We need to keep our noses out of it. Russia backs Syria and as Obama said to Russia's President, he'll give them anything they want after he gets re-elected.

      Whether Syria has oil or not, we need to keep out of it, it'll be like Vietnam all over again, young American's dying for someone else's civil war.

      October 24, 2012 at 11:05 am | Report abuse |
    • sadie

      So who appointed you as Mr Superior? Your vile comments simply reveal that you are small-minded, resentful, and lacking in human warmth. Why is that???

      October 25, 2012 at 5:05 pm | Report abuse |
  2. RevNowWhileWeCan

    Message to the west:
    Leave Syria alone. Stop supplying arms to opposition forces and take care of your own problems before you continue to try and form the world with your own (not so democratic) ideologies!

    October 23, 2012 at 6:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • queruvim

      After Assad killed hundreds of inocent protesters in the beggining of the uprising using snipers instead of rubber bullets and you talk about Assad as a lover of peace?He is a MONSTER. A Crazy man like Hitler who brought the death for more than 50 milions including his own people in Berlim. Wake up stupid worshiper of Assad. He is now the incarnation of Satan, the Devil.

      October 23, 2012 at 8:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • James

      Don't believe everything you read, the terrorists have more to gain by posing as official soldiers than Assad does.

      To assume the terrorists aren't killing innocent people in the disguise of official soldiers is ignorant. The terrorists will kill innocent people in the name of propoganda (they have in the past).

      October 24, 2012 at 11:08 am | Report abuse |
  3. Amushadie

    May Allah restore peace in Syria through Assad and his army

    October 23, 2012 at 6:48 pm | Report abuse |
  4. sick of tyrants

    Shia kafirs should not use Allah name. they are kafirs and should use thier dogs name, assad is one of thier dog, who is waiting for his turn to be killed by drone.

    October 23, 2012 at 7:52 pm | Report abuse |
  5. midas

    WW2 the jews needed our help. the french, english,russians. even us. The innocent should not die.

    October 24, 2012 at 1:04 am | Report abuse |
  6. Dan

    People in Hanano City, Aleppo protesting against Bashar Assad on the first day of Eid al-Adha


    October 27, 2012 at 1:49 am | Report abuse |
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