The first three victims were Bolababh Boklech, Walid Hilal, and Mohamed el-Jeri.They all traveled to Syria to join forces with the Free Syrian Army, which opposes the al-Assad regime, and were accompanied by two other Tunisians – one of whom never made it into Syria. The next three victims are Hadi el-Khaderai, Ziad Lafaie, and Hussein Mehrsa.
Middle East Panorama, a Lebanese news website, reported that four Tunisians had infiltrated Syria via Turkey, close to the border area of Bidama in Idlib, which has been a bastion of opposition against the al-Assad government since March 2011.
The fourth Tunisian was able to escape the battle zone between the Free Syrian Army and al-Assad’s forces and subsequently returned to Turkey. The families of the victims wrote a letter to the Tunisian Ministry of Foreign Affairs asking for the bodies of their sons to be repatriated.