Sep 20, 2011
DAMASCUS, (SANA) – Members of a Syrian family on Monday narrated details of their survival from armed terrorist groups which tried to kill them in Jisr al-Shughour area.
Dr. Samir Othman told the Syrian TV “We were en route to Lattakia when armed terrorists opened fire on us in Jisr al-Shughour area, we escaped from the car and hid but they found us and told us to go with them, an army unit arrived and engaged with the terrorists and we managed to go back to our car and drove to a military checkpoint.”
Othman added that his wife is British and she was hesitated to stop at the military checkpoint because some media channels were saying that the army is killing people and throwing them in the Orontes River and asked them to call the British embassy.
“Nevertheless, I went to the army and told them what happened with us, the officer- a captain- assured us and told my wife that she can call whoever she wants… Later, they escorted us to a safe area.”
The wife, Silvia, said “When we reached the military checkpoint, I called the British embassy, the answering machine provided me with emergency number. When I called it, a lady named Julie Michel answered and said that no one in Britain can do anything to help me in Syria… I was afraid and disappointed.”
“I stress that the armed terrorist groups are the side behind assaulting people and that the army is protecting the civilians… The news we are hearing are mere lies”, Silvia added.
Dr. Othman indicated that he will lodge a complaint against the British FM because of the embassy’s behavior, adding that the embassy didn’t communicate with them or provide any help.
M. Nassr/ al-Ibrahim