Syrian father convinces young daughters to undergo suicide missions in sickening video

Footage purportedly shows seven-year-old-girl who died after detonating suicide belt in Damascus last week 

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Disturbing footage of a Jabhat Fatah al-Sham (JFS) fighter in Syria convincing his two young daughters to take part in suicide missions has emerged online after being posted by rebel media sources. 

It is thought that one of the girls may have been behind the suicide bomb which hit a police station in Damascus last week, although the link cannot be verified. 

In two videos, Abu Nimr, a well known JFS rebel - the newly adopted name of al-Nusra, or al-Qaeda in Syria - films his wife saying goodbye to eight-year-old Fatimah and seven-year-old Islam. 

“Why are you sending your daughters?” he asks from behind the camera. “One is seven and the other is eight, they're young for jihad.”

“No one is too young for jihad, because jihad is a duty for every Muslim,” the woman replies, as the family praises god and the daughters hug and kiss their mother.

In the second, the two girls themselves say they will take part in suicide operations in Damascus. 

“Why don’t you leave this to the men? The men who escaped on the green buses?” The child, confused, says yes, before her father asks more questions.

“You want to surrender so that you're raped and killed by the infidels? You want to kill them, no? We're a glorious religion, not a religion of humiliation, isn't that so darling?”, Mr Nimr coaxes. 

“You won’t be scared, because you're going to God, isn't that right?” he asks the younger girl.  

The sickening footage was shared widely online on Wednesday. It is not known where the videos of the family were filmed, but the mention of ‘green buses’ suggests Aleppo, where the infamous regime buses have been transporting both rebels and civilians to neighbouring Idlib province this week after the fall of the city to government forces. 

In October, the UN estimated there to be around 900 JFS fighters among the 8,000 rebels which had held onto the eastern part of the city for the last four years. 

But Syrian government has also bussed surrendering rebels out of besieged areas on several other occasions, including in the southern Damascus suburb of Daraya, which agreed to an amnesty in August. Mr Nimr is originally from Barzeh, a northern suburb of the capital. 

Several commentators in Syria have speculated that one of the girls could have been behind an attack in Damascus station last Friday, in which a little girl wandered into a police station in al-Midan and asked for the toilet before she either detonated a bomb on her person or it was detonated remotely.

State media reported the child to have been about seven years of age. Three police officers were injured but no one else was killed in the incident

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