DAMASCUS – Hamzah Salam, an engineer from the village of Shreihi in Suwayda, southern Syria, has built a custom automatic rifle using a Russian machine gun which he dubbed an ‘electronic sniper’.
“The automated system monitors the situation and, if necessary, opens fire. My ‘electronic sniper’ is very convenient: it can be controlled remotely or placed in an autonomous operation mode,” Salam told Sputnik.
Hamzah was prompted to invent his deadly weapon by tragedy, after Daesh (ISIS) militants killed at least 258 people, most of them civilians, and injured 200 others in southern Syria. Salam’s village of Shreihi suffered dozens of casualties this summer.
According to the engineer, the platform “can use any small-arms weapon, from a machine gun to a sniper rifle. Cameras transmit a signal to a computer, which analyzes the data received. Its main task is to track movement. The computer has several preset scenarios. If it notices odd behavior in a given quadrant, it will open fire. The system is fitted with a night-vision device, meaning round-the-clock security. The base of the gun is capable of rotating 360 degrees, resulting in maximum firing coverage.”
A peaceful uprising against the president of Syria, Bashar al-Assad, seven years ago turned into a full-scale civil war. The conflict has left more than 350,000 people dead, devastated cities and drawn in other countries.
As well as causing hundreds of thousands of deaths, the war has left 1.5 million people with permanent disabilities, including 86,000 who have lost limbs.
At least 6.6 million Syrians are internally displaced, while another 5.6 million have fled abroad.