FSA has little ammunition but strong will for freedom
Today’s Zaman reporters visited the camps of the Free Syrian Army, which is fighting the Syrian regime with limited weapons and ammunition under very harsh circumstances (Photos: Today's Zaman)
Today's Zaman became one of the few Turkish media outlets to visit a Free Syrian Army camp since the uprising started against President Bashar al-Assad. FSA opposition fighters are combating the Syrian regime. FSA members are struggling against Assad's troops with few weapons, limited food and poor living conditions.
Fighters of the Free Syrian Army (FSA), which is fighting against the brutalities of the Syrian regime, have said they have little ammunition and few weapons but a strong will to gain their freedom. A fighter at a Free Syrian Army camp, Abu Hasan, said that although they live under harsh circumstances with scarce ammunition, they are determined to win the war for their freedom. “We have few weapons and little ammunition. Although we live in very harsh conditions here, we will remain patient and win our freedom together. We will either die or win this war,” he told Today’s Zaman.
He said he and his seven brothers have been given life sentences in absentia for organizing democratic demonstrations in Jisr al-Shughour. Hasan also said there are Christian and Nusayri fighters in the camps who left their jobs and joined the FSA’s struggle for freedom.
In the camps of the Free Syrian Army there are fighters of all ages, from 21 to 60. The fighters are trying to stop Syrian attacks on villages and ensure the safety of Syrian people who are seeking refuge in Turkey.
Abdussalam Delul, leader of a 60-member team of fighters, said they have not opened fire on the forces of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad since the April 12 ceasefire, but Assad’s forces have not refrained from attacking civilians. “As you see today, the Assad administration has not ceased attacking civilians. They have called on us to return home. My two sons and I were sentenced to death for organizing democratic demonstrations. Syrians who have taken refuge in countries like Turkey or the Arab countries have been sentenced to death. We all know how those who return to Syria after staying in the refugee camps are mercilessly massacred,” he said.
Sixty-year-old Muhammad Abidin Feyzun, who served 13 years in a secret prison during the era of Hafiz Assad, said the reason for his arrest was because he is a pious person and he spoke against Hafiz Assad. Remembering his days in prison, Feyzun said inmates were humiliated.
“Forty people were staying in a small prison cell. They would bring rotten food in a plastic basin from which everyone had to eat. The toilet was in the prison cell and we were not allowed to go to the toilet in the evening. Inmates were being tortured every day,” he said.
Feyzun said today there are 1.5 million people jailed in Syria and he joined the ranks of the Free Syrian Army to bring freedom to his country. “One day, we will be united with the days we have been longing for,” he said.
Mustafa Ahmad joined the ranks of the Free Syrian Army after defecting from the Syrian army. He said he made the decision after he was ordered to open fire on civilians. Ahmad said when some commanders in the Syrian army refused to open fire on civilians, high-ranking military officers described them as terrorists.