Possibly the single deadliest day in Syria’s ongoing turmoil took place in Tremseh on Thursday, with reports circulating the web that up to 200 people are dead.
Footage from the assault available thus far has been limited to citizen journalism — foreign journalists are mostly banned from entering the country. Syrians, many aligned with the anti-government Syrian Free Army, have uploaded video of the carnage for the entire world to see.
A YouTube search on Friday afternoon revealed heart-wrenching scenes of violence, destruction and death. The content is uncensored, giving viewers an unfiltered look into the results of the bloodshed.
The government and the rebels blame one another for Thursday’s violence, which the United Nations confirmed involved the use of tanks, helicopters and heavy artillery — weapons that, for the most part, the rebels lack.
YouTube footage alone won’t confirm which side of the conflict was responsible for Thursday’s violence, especially given the alignment of many of the uploaders. However, it can potentially spur to action Syria’s neighbors and the international community at large to get more directly involved — television broadcasts during the Vietnam War have been in part credited with reducing support for that conflict among Americans.
YouTube featured videos from Syria on its homepage today to bring them to the world’s attention. The New York Times is also curating YouTube footage from Syria.
Mashable has collected some videos of Thursday’s chaos in Tremseh. The scenes we’ve collected above are comparatively tame, but still may upset some viewers. Other videos, including very graphic footage showing the wounded and killed, are available on YouTube.
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