Our Groom Mohammed

Mohammed Kdad, a 22-year-old member of Syria Civil Defence got married a few days ago. Instead of embarking on a honeymoon with his new bride, Mohammed resumed his work in the civil defence forces after the celebrations ended. Yesterday, as he was on his way to the town of Jisr al-Shughour in Idlib province with his team, he decided to pick up some groceries at the public market and drop them off at his house. His team members told him they would wait for him at the end of the road. But Mohammed never joined them as promised.

The second he set foot in the market, three thermobaric missiles launched by government forces landed. Thermobaric weapons produce a prolonged pressure pulse that is infinitely more lethal than standard explosives and the internal injuries they can cause are nearly impossible to treat.

Mohammed's team rushed back to the public market to start looking for survivors – a daily routine for them. Mohammed was gravely wounded, but he made it. He is in critical condition and is being treated at a hospital in Antakya. 60 Syrians, however, did not make it that day and 120 more were injured.