Syrian warplanes kill dozens in bombing in rebel-held town
Steve Harrigan reports from the scene
- Duration 8:19
- Date Aug 15, 2012
Steve Harrigan reports from the scene
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Correspondent Steve Harrigan is jaw dropping report from inside Syria.
The stunning and horrifying reality.
Of a government that is summarily murdering its own people bombing little boys and little girls and they did it today as our team watched.
We will show you the Fox News exclusive moments from now.
The truth is it's been horrible for months today we got our first look at the aftermath of the air strike on -- hospital over the weekend on -- hospital.
Rebels claim a little baby was caught in the attack a baby left bloodied and screaming.
Hello I'm of the.
Let's hope you guys.
-- -- -- Club and they've bombed a hospital.
Amateur video somebody posted on the Internet claiming the aftermath of -- attack in that rebel area.
The young child obviously appears to have been severely injured.
Hospital staff running through the quarters filled with smoke trying to help the patients the electricity is off the staff seems disoriented and confused.
Sadly we can't confirm the authenticity of this videos.
The United Nations reports the president there -- -- Al Assad regime is guilty of crimes against humanity.
Guilty of murder and torture and rape -- indiscriminate attack on perfectly innocent people.
And now Fox News can't confirm it is very real but -- our veteran war correspondent Steve Harrigan saw it happen.
The place is -- -- in Syria right on the border with Turkey Steve watched as they as they warplane.
And dropped ammunition killing dozens of people including six members of one man's family.
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Welcome back we'll put a plug in but I don't oppose the president about -- does did I don't up.
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I saw a -- added yeah I thought it was soft and yeah.
Steve Harrigan on seeing as the government murdered its own citizens.
The plane coming by not once but twice killing those innocents.
It's one strike which we are positive.
In an uprising turned civil war that the activists say has left more than 21000.
People dead and Syria.
Steve Harrigan left Syria today he crossed the border into Turkey to safely bring us the first hand account of what he and his team witness.
Steve to you.
Shepperd we really left on the run today throwing everything in a van and driving about two miles across the border because we were scared after where we'd seen.
I'd pushed hard with the team to get into his -- Siri just across the border because we thought it was.
One of the safest places to be inside Syria small town was very little rebel presence.
No fighting there and more than a month and suddenly on a Wednesday afternoon at 3 o'clock and a beautiful sunny day.
Boom half of -- city block around us eviscerate it -- warplane a warplane which then makes a second -- We -- under the stairwell when we came out it was carnage everywhere I was stepping over stones with our team here.
Appears -- -- -- Francis is wells -- security man.
And there was blood on the stones the one image I can't get -- my head was of an older man.
Caught in the rubble flapping his arms his legs like a fish out of water his family.
Trying to use their hands to pull announced it was really agony all around -- for those people trapped in agony -- for the survivors because many of those people have lost their entire families we have a new death toll at this point to death -- up to forty.
And that is likely -- Many of those killed.
-- women and children -- happen on a Wednesday afternoon so at least three pregnant women and many children under the age of ten killed.
In what was really a fight between a warplane.
And women children and retirees home on a Wednesday afternoon shepherd.
It's not as if Steve this was an area from which the rebels have been fighting against the Syrian government.
Not an area from which they had some sort of surface to air missiles.
Not an area where rebel fighters have congregated just a place where families live and sleep any.
That's why it's so baffling I thought we'd be safe there but it turned out not to be safe -- all it shows how even if you have experience in wars it's hard to understand.
The brutality of this regime the only reason I can think of is to inspire terror in their own people that's why -- attacked civilian buildings now wants.
But twice and kill women and children.
Which is what we saw I think you're getting to an important point to not to call this a fight or war or battle.
Because it's it's up playing it's a warplane against women and children that's what we saw today and that was no fight Steve arrogant for people who don't know who worked for CNN for a long time for years before coming here and Steve you've covered wars.
All over the world have you ever seen an attack like this.
I've never seen it usually I've seen excessive force in wars on vacation sometimes with the Russians and the Chechens on both sides.
But that was in the heat of battle.
This is a place where I thought we'd be safe to base from where there would be no battle where didn't appear to be any reason for battle.
And suddenly one side launched battle launched battle with a high tech plane.
Against civilians for no apparent military reason that we could see I mean if you look at the wounded in the people walking out.
You don't see -- COC fighters -- -- -- young man.
This was this was a slaughter we saw today by a government against its own people.
Steve the frustrating thing for all of us who are journalists for covering this war has been that every picture we see every report we get we have to end -- with -- but we can't confirm any of this.
Today finally you have witnessed this and an -- just wonder if you have a sense for how much of the news of that region we even know about.
I'd I'd do you think we don't know about it I think that frustration was evident in some of the victims there they know their stories and getting out you -- hear that man scream.
My six children have been killed you know if we weren't there who would have heard him today and who's not hearing him in other towns.
By the end they were throwing rocks as we had to run out of there but.
There is a pain there there's an -- there's an unfair thing going on which which were not seeing and it's very tough to see I mean.
I'm not gonna put up another satellite antenna -- -- Syria and so -- out of power this is a very anyone who goes across there in any town.
Is it great risk because we've seen what they've done.
To their own people -- -- so.
Usually -- he could figure out here's the front line or -- -- they're going to attack you don't figure they're gonna attack retirees women and children.
In a village and that's what they did today and we almost bought it because we were.
Where I thought was safe but it's not safe in Syria Steve.
The leader of the military is the president Bashar Al Assad.
From everything that we now know the leader of that military has instructed his military.
To go out and murders murder innocent civilians innocent men women and children across the nation.
Historically speaking the word that some would use for that is genocide.
What's your sense.
Well speaking about the specific defense that we saw -- witnessed felt.
And really are still thinking about today.
That's what it was sometimes in war civilians get hurt.
A collateral damage happens when two sides are fighting against each other sometimes accidental missiles you don't strike the wrong places we've seen that.
Ourselves this wasn't either of those this was deliberate this was calculated.
This was -- -- was not one strike but to.
This was to inspire terror by -- government in its own people and it's extremely effective.
Steve Harrigan live for -- on the border between Turkey and Syria.
After witnessing the slaughter of forty innocence.
Inside the civil war in Syria.