In Syria, a boy lies dead in his home - CNN - WARNING: Graphic content.
From a distance, he appears to be taking a nap. His long, delicate eyelashes are closed as his head rests on a blanket.
The 10-year-old boy, however, is not asleep.
The turn of his gauze-wrapped head reveals a mass of blood. Maher al-Husseini is dead, reportedly from a sniper bullet.
He bled to death.
In his own home.
“What is the fault of this child?” asks a man, whose voice rises in anger on a video posted Friday on YouTube. He kneels down and gestures to the boy, whose hands and ankles are tied.
“What did this child do that they hit him inside his house? This is unacceptable.”
Friday was a day of protest, pain and sorrow in Homs, a center of demonstrations and death in Syria. At least 17 people were reported slain in the city, according to the Local Coordination Committees of Syria, an activist group.
Women, children and dissident soldiers were among those killed Friday in Syria, the group said.
The United Nations said last week that more than 4,000 people have died in Syria since a brutal government crackdown against protesters erupted in mid-March.
The unidentified narrator of the video starts the tour of the home upstairs, pointing to a bullet hole on a window frame, then blood on the chair beneath it.
He leads the cameraman down blood-spattered stairs to the body of Maher, lying in the family sitting room.
The boy wears a maroon sweatshirt featuring a comic character.
“We could not aid the child, we did not know where to take him because of the firing in the neighborhood,” the agitated man said. “He kept bleeding for half an hour and we could not aid him.”
The speaker blamed Maher’s death on “thugs” who fired upon the home in the Mreiji neighborhood.
Another man sits in a chair, his head in his hands.
“We are not safe, this government is murderous,” the narrator says. “It is killing people, it is killing its own people.”
Near the end of the video, the man leans down and kisses the boy.