Murdered child martyr with ‘hacked off genitals’ becomes symbol of Syrian uprising

Saana, June 1: Thirteen-year-old Hamza Ali al-Khateeb has been hailed as a 'child martyr' by protestors across Syria after his severely wounded body with 'hacked off genitals' was returned to his family a month after being picked up by the security forces of the Bashar al-Assad regime from the rebel province of Dar'a on April 29.

Hamza is one of the youngest known victims of Syria's ruthless crackdown on protesters who have tried to overthrow the government of President Assad, the Daily Mail reports.

After retuning his body, the forces had reportedly warned the teenager's family not to speak of this incident to anybody. However, they made a film and posted it on YouTube to convey their pitiful situation to the world.

The action led to his father being arrested last week, and his whereabouts are unknown as of now.

The video is accompanied by a chilling commentary, which details the wounds on different parts of his body. The body bore cigarette marks, including two bullets that were fired through each arm and then entered his chest.

"Look at the evidence of his torture. a look at the bruises on his face and his neck that was broken. Take a look at the bruises on his right legs," the paper quoted the narrator, as saying in the online video footage.

"In addition there is worse. They did not satisfy themselves with all the torturing so they cut off his genitals," he added.

This horrific act has made Hamza the most potent symbol of Syria's uprising, leading thousands of protesters to the country's streets this weekend.

Radwan Ziadeh, an exiled human rights activist said the killed teenager has already become a symbol of the Syrian revolution.

"His death is the sign of the sadism of the Assad regime and its security forces. Torture is usual in Syria. It's not something new or strange. What is special about Hamza is that he was only 13 years old. He really is a child," he added.

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