Syrian Revolution Digest: 3 June 2012

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Abkhazia on the Mediterranean!

By announcing that he is no longer the president of all Syrians but only of those who accept his rule, Bashar Al-Assad formalized his “divorce” from the revolutionaries. Now the fight over division of “marital” assets begins at earnest. Unsurprisingly this will translate into more bloodshed; after all, this was an unfriendly divorce. “Friends” will also sort themselves out. Iran and Russia will stand by their man in hope of getting a foothold in the upcoming Abkhazia on the Mediterranean. While the “Friends of Syria,” for all their dithering, will have to deal with the remaining mess.

Sunday June 03, 2012

Today’s death toll: 33. The Breakdown: 23 in Damascus (Douma, Daraya, Artouz, Saqba, Assal Al-Ward, Qudsaya, Damascus City), 7 in Homs (including 3 in Qusayr), 3 in Hama, 3 in Aleppo, 1 Daraa (a child).

In the Damascene suburb of Douma, the known activist Adnan Wahbi, a co-founder of the National Coordination Body, was assassinated in his home by unknown assailants. Colleagues blame pro-Assad death squads. This Mr. Wahbi’s bodyhttp://youtu.be/Pacf5IKlxdw

In the Hiffeh District, Lattakia Province, local activists report that inhabitants of a number of Sunni villages have been forced to evacuate after days of pounding and raid by local pro-Assad militias.

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Many of Houla’s inhabitants, Homs Province, have been forced to flee into neighboring communities where their living conditions are dismal: the children in this video are not dead, for now, they’re just sleeping. International dithering might yet seal their fatehttp://youtu.be/AGaYrIn5P3I Meanwhile, the pounding of the town continued, even as Bashar Al-Assad delivered his speech and blamed the massacre of Houla on monstershttp://youtu.be/JphA0S_Fg9w A new report by Syrian TV clams that 800 heavily armed men came into this town besieged by the regular loyalist troops and conducted the massacre, then left. There is no explanation of why the current pounding is taking place.

In the town of Douma, Damascus Suburbs, clashes left over 10 locals dead: the poundinghttp://youtu.be/q8dVhBYQBSk The martyrs http://youtu.be/t0dm7lspNu4 ,http://youtu.be/DfGoXRPnE3E , http://youtu.be/b-r_jgmIcZo , http://youtu.be/FCAqP-2VICE , http://youtu.be/-xuxjzUF4L8 (Graphic) http://youtu.be/6CGaqaIJ-6w The body of activist Adnan Wahbi http://youtu.be/Pacf5IKlxdw

The town of Saqba, Damascus Suburbs, comes under fire http://youtu.be/aUJaDRSsdnw ,http://youtu.be/2IEagS9FueM Chopper surveying the scene http://youtu.be/71tXwQjKuEI

Fields around the village of Al-Rami, Idlib Province, catch fire after intense poundinghttp://youtu.be/i1Dz1BtEEEc A number of locals were killed and immediately buriedhttp://youtu.be/ZnuOFsPjoNI

The pounding of Ariha, Idlib Province, continues http://youtu.be/XgcaIRxMZz0 ,http://youtu.be/YJ9tTXv6joI

The town of Mourik, Hama Province, comes under heavy poundinghttp://youtu.be/qpJkgtBnte4

In Aleppo Province, loyalist troops move into the town of Hayanhttp://youtu.be/V5bbBx7tWPI the pounding sets many installations on firehttp://youtu.be/LMS1oE8fQqE

The pounding of Old Homs continues http://youtu.be/xk0YLIRBbdI ,http://youtu.be/3AUFzqi46O0

The town of Ghabaghib, Daraa Province, comes under heavy poundinghttp://youtu.be/8rBfSBXZNMg

Syrian Human Rights Violations Report: 3 June 2012

Homs | Arrastan

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F1boBrIvQB8

Smoke still rises from residential buildings that were burned following a massive shelling campaign by regime forces.

 

Aleppo | Al-Sha’ar

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UCR7nKmMPzo

Protestors carry a man who was wounded when regime forces opened fire on them.

 

Hama | Al-Arba’een

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DE-18I40sqU

A man is wounded and when another tries to pull him to safety, a sniper fires on the second man.

 

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Rural Damascus | Daria

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zjLVro3-ZY0

Regime forces launches a severe campaign, killing 10 Syrians.  They tortured and burned them, like the victim in the video, and then abducted most of the bodies.

 

Casualty Report

53 confirmed casualties killed by the regime in Syria on Friday, 1 June 2012.

Damascus and Rural Damascus: 22
Homs: 12
Aleppo: 7
Dar’aa: 4
Hama: 4
Idleb: 3
Deir Ezzor: 1

 

Videos and Statistics Courtesy of:

Syrian Network for Human Rights – Casualty Report – 1 June 2012

Syrian Network for Human Rights – Violations Report – 1 June 2012

 

Syrian Revolution Digest – Saturday 2 June 2012

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The War for Syria!

Saturday June 02, 2012

Today’s death toll: 33. Cities & Towns under fire: Misraba, Kafar Sousseh, Assaly, Qadam, Douma , Arbeen, Hamouriyeh (Damascus), Kafar Zeiteh (Hama), Homs City, Qaryatein, Rastan, Qusayr (Homs Province), Ariha (Idlib).

Turkish authorities report that 400 more refugees crossed the border today, all but 4 are from Idlib Province.

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In the town of Douma, Damascus Province, and following days of pounding by pro-Assad militias http://youtu.be/MMireivrI3A , http://youtu.be/I6jSGsVaWtY an attempt to enter city http://youtu.be/Jn_L7RWhI7Q , http://youtu.be/mtUeZm2aVOA ,http://youtu.be/h9J89WECw2U  was repelled by local resistance membershttp://youtu.be/YCKWByruA2U in an operation that left 3 tanks, a sweeper and 4 buses destroyed as well as a number of loyalist soldiers http://youtu.be/yBZ43lUPiWc ,http://youtu.be/5lqwFPjMFDU Destroying a tank http://youtu.be/ViZMfj1uFcI The operation also led to the capture of a number of loyalist troops http://youtu.be/wovaf2A_or0As well as few rockets http://youtu.be/4yljB0x-z7k Martyr http://youtu.be/nZK7ZZtWfks

Meanwhile, the nearby town of Misraba was pounded by loyalist troopshttp://youtu.be/hhjSUL6s3X0 So did Arbeen http://youtu.be/_q41MaJk0Ac andHamouriyeh http://youtu.be/1LrMbS2HEN8 , http://youtu.be/4pBWnGpZTHk and Ain Terma http://youtu.be/6_VXugHWVOo Victims from the town of Arbeenhttp://youtu.be/kSGSAz0OlE0 Pulling bodies from the streets http://youtu.be/67I8A0XlqpY

The pounding of Old Homs continues http://youtu.be/-T4DGhMD1SI ,http://youtu.be/OBMGKMELyaw , http://youtu.be/kurB4abde_Q Jouret Al-Shayah dead bodies, victims of the pounding, lie in the streets http://youtu.be/boIhgk1Z7-E KhaldiyehHomes catch fire http://youtu.be/6U8fHNbgo98 , http://youtu.be/yakzaN2XTvg Bab Al-Sibaa http://youtu.be/bKmp6RXrlZc Qoussour http://youtu.be/Mnpo27D14NQHamdiyeh Assessing the damages http://youtu.be/OzoRHnB3IM0

In the town of Talbisseh, Homs Province, an attack by pro-Assad militias on a civilian bus left a number of injured http://youtu.be/jBPyCVUh8GY and a number of deadhttp://youtu.be/afQ3Mv8SZ0k

The pounding of the town of Qaryatein leaves several dead http://youtu.be/n7_mVdsfGZ8

The town of Kafar Zeiteh, Hama Province, comes under fire at night and after UN monitors leave the city http://youtu.be/xzzW0ILYCKw and into the nighthttp://youtu.be/2hliZD_f-Ls Earlier, the U monitors paid a visit to the city and talked to the local inhabitants http://youtu.be/ZrI3kdo_3qM , http://youtu.be/6pBNMFKZd0c ,http://youtu.be/169FEK0XCcU

The pounding http://youtu.be/WZikl6rnMfw of the town of Ariha, Idlib Province, leaves this building on fire http://youtu.be/_AvRGo9bPo0 After a direct hit by a rockethttp://youtu.be/IFvWDDvXM5Q Loyalist troops stand at the outskirts of townhttp://youtu.be/1n4G-FuS-6c They try to storm the town http://youtu.be/7mE3FhykSfQWomen and children are forced to evacuate parts of the city http://youtu.be/VYTNgzTioFMPeople try to run for safety http://youtu.be/NO1Os6PjbY0 But the local resistance fought back and destroyed two tanks http://youtu.be/ULQmclc-wmw a local martyrhttp://youtu.be/NqHl1uFemVI

Protesters in Aleppo City come under fire: Salaheddine http://youtu.be/EfUTit_SuOQ ,http://youtu.be/tTwiNKyacMg But they remain defiant http://youtu.be/ah464I439tU

In the town of Tseel, Daraa Province, UN monitors assess damage done to one of the houses http://youtu.be/ymW_qQSM7Nc

Syrian Network for Human Rights: Statistics of Syrian Revolution Victims

 

Total Death Toll (March 18, 2011 — May 29, 2012): 14,093

Children: 1,012 (777 males and 235 females)
Women: 865
Death Under Torture: 545
Military Personnel: 1,148

Victims by the Various Regions:

Homs: 5,144
Idleb: 2,245
Hama: 1,942
Daraa: 1,446
Rural Damascus: 1,086
Deir Ezzor: 558
Damascus: 495
Aleppo: 479
Latakia: 325
Al-Hasaka: 103
Tartous: 70
Raqqa: 59
Qunaitera: 50
Swuaida: 14

 

For the full report, please see:

Syrian Network for Human Rights — Syrian Revolution Victim Summary — 2 June 2012

Syrian Revolution Digest — Friday 1 June 2012

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The Debate!

So long as the debate over Syria still revolves around the issue of whether to intervene rather than how to intervene, delusion will continue to rule the day and disaster will keep inching its way to fulfillment.

Friday June 01, 2012 – A day dedicated to the children of Houla

Today’s death toll: 50. The Breakdown: 21 in Damascus and suburbs including 2 children who were summarily executed, 12 in Homs province including 3 children and 1 defected soldier, 6 in Aleppo including 3 children, 4 in Daraa including 2 women, 3 in Idlib including 1 child, 3 in Hama and 1 in Deir Ezzor.

The Syrian Chargé d’Affaires in Yemen announces his defection and support for the Syrian Revolution.

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Leaked video shows tanks driven by pro-Assad militias crushing the body of a local activist in Al-Barrah Village, Idlib Province http://youtu.be/eX5rU_DBFAY

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What needs to be done is quite straightforward: Under the auspices either of NATO or a coalition of the willing, Washington should pursue air strikes against select targets, especially the columns of tanks and heavy artillery that are bombing restive towns indiscriminately.

The U.S. and its allies should provide arms to local resistance fighters, enabling them to secure their communities. They should create safe havens across the Turkish and Jordanian borders. And they should encourage high-level defections by offering amnesty to Assad’s key military, security and political figures.

Washington should build a coalition of peacekeepers who can maintain order in the country, and work with opposition groups to piece together an interim governing body that can take over once Assad’s regime has fallen.

It won’t be easy, and it won’t be cheap, but the cost of non-intervention will be much higher.

Comment: If the Russian Church truly wants to protect Syria’s Christian communities, then removing Assad should be Item Number 1 on its agenda, for it is Assad and his family who have paved the way to the current situation and it is their dabbling with Al-Qaeda that brought it to our backyard. Putin and his advisers know that pretty well, and could have informed the patriarch of the Russian Church. Instead, they play them like puppets and motion them to express for Assad and his regime. But, the naivety and/or duplicity of Russian patriarchs notwithstanding, one thing should be clear: Putin and his advisers care as much about the future of Christians in Syria as they do about the concerns, aspirations and basic rights of Russia’s own opposition groups.

Putin’s gambit is clear and simple: he wants to rebuild the foregone imperial prestige of the good old Soviet Union even at the expense of our aspirations for freedom. And yes, many of the experts I met during my recent visit to Moscow reiterated elements of the argumentbelow:

What if the line in the sand that Mr Putin wants to draw is not about Russia’s prestige and role in the Security Council? What if his plan is far grander: halting, at the gates of Damascus, what he sees as the green tide of Sunni Islamism stretching from Morocco, through North Africa and the Levant to Turkey and thence almost to Russia’s unstable southern border? If that is the case then to prosecute a civil war in Syria, far from being a disaster, is both necessary and desirable – like the one he fought in Chechnya.

Meanwhile, Putin’s dear old friend, Bashar Assad, continues to unleash his thugs so they can bombard the churches of Old Homs and to prevent a Christian family in Damascus from holding a proper funeral for her martyred son. After all, he was killed while documenting the atrocities of pro-Assad thugs.

“Defections in Deir Ezzor City and surrounding areas have increased dramatically over the last few days,” said Ammar Abdulhamid in his daily Syrian Revolution Digest. “Most of the city and the larger province seems to have fallen under the control of the local resistance.”

Abdulhamid, who has been a leading pro-democracy activist in exile from his native Syria, also commented in an email, “Increased death and suffering with an end-game in sight is something most Syrians would accept at this stage, because by now the only choice we have is to get to the other side no matter how high the cost will be. It’s the combination of death and abandonment that fuels extremism and kills hope.”

Abdulhamid also reported that authorities and pro-Assad militias in Damascus prevented a funeral for the Christian activist Bassil Shahada in order to avoid what he called “an embarrassing show of anti-Assad sentiments” by the city’s large Christian community. “Assad and his supporters are still trying to portray the revolution as an exclusively radical Sunni phenomenon, but, in truth, discontent with Assad rule is endemic to all communities in Syria,” Abdulhamid said.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Thursday that she would talk about Syria during Putin’s visit, which had been scheduled to focus on economics. “A disaster is taking place in Syria, and we will do everything we can to alleviate the suffering of the people,” Merkel told reporters in Stralsund, Germany. “There’s growing demand to do something,” said Stefan Kornelius, foreign editor of the German daily Sueddeutsche Zeitung. “But nobody knows what that something would be.”

Video Highlights

In the town of Hamouriyeh, Damascus, a family of two women and two children is found slaughtered. Local blame roving pro-Assad death squads which have been operating in the area for a while http://youtu.be/7GyzIVNCVb4 , http://youtu.be/xQ0_W7bN2iM

Tens of thousands of local residents in Aleppo City march towards the central square chanting for freedom and the Free Syrian Army http://youtu.be/RoysSRWz06s ,http://youtu.be/P4RogxTDHag Different rallies come from different parts of town before converging on Saadallah Al-Jabiri Square http://youtu.be/BOC5uF7SSz4 ,http://youtu.be/9GiJTRi4obg , http://youtu.be/dG-1zplNlnA ,http://youtu.be/KTLtKXHFetA But the moment they arrive at the Square, pro-Assad militias open fire on them http://youtu.be/CkJjiYUqAhk But some protesters hold their ground on the outskirts of the Square and throw stones at the militias http://youtu.be/3QXoglUZ55k InSakhour suburb, protesters come under fire before they leave the neighborhoodhttp://youtu.be/ZoVIQJFCsos Rescuing the injured http://youtu.be/UCR7nKmMPzo Some children are killed http://youtu.be/J-rG3-TZD-g

The pounding of Homs City continues from morning (Jouret Al0-Shayah)http://youtu.be/F1boBrIvQB8 , http://youtu.be/jd-H9R26dNw ,http://youtu.be/8E3sjV4sRHw way into the night http://youtu.be/2tPT4j9m7DQ Setting whole buildings on fire Qoussour http://youtu.be/UWGkB41byBI Malaabhttp://youtu.be/LePuYnP-rV8 Khaldiyeh http://youtu.be/sgMY2rZrHig ,http://youtu.be/2mPOjennRFw Martyrs http://youtu.be/R5JGKP68Ikg ,http://youtu.be/oar2MAPBYa4
Tanks continue to pound the town of Rastan http://youtu.be/26QvL217Hrw while others pound Houla http://youtu.be/SXJeMVo1m1c , http://youtu.be/6cd_M8cUoTc And InQusayr where shelling kills several http://youtu.be/UczJu4B-7qA The shelling was meant to break up this rally http://youtu.be/wSeCwRHLJho

Eastern Bouyadah, Homs Province: UN monitors pay a visit to the site of Thursday’s massacres perpetrated by pro-Assad death squads  http://youtu.be/CxkEloj0_gU ,http://youtu.be/vrnSSMLf0j0 , http://youtu.be/smkS3D8CtHM

The town of Al-Atarib, Aleppo Province comes under heavy poundinghttp://youtu.be/UGLSd3BsUK0

Protesters in the neighborhood of Salhiyeh in Central Damascus come under firehttp://youtu.be/cDmbWzu_5cU The town of Douma, east of Damascus, comes under heavy pounding http://youtu.be/WREOxgQlTRA The Damascene suburb of Daraya comes under pounding http://youtu.be/pVHZ2oKypLU

Despite the violent crackdown, hundreds of rallies took place across the country, even in Houla and many other communities that have witnessed massacres and still witness bombardments and attacks by pro-Assad militias and death squads.

Deir Ezzor Procvince: Albou Kamal http://youtu.be/8DJIJOdrHVA Jbeilehhttp://youtu.be/7LkMt_mqxaE Deir Ezzor City http://youtu.be/7Pg8RomeXoo

LattakiaHiffeh http://youtu.be/CGXX9G6JboE

Syrian Revolution Digest — Thursday 31 May 2012

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Liberty & Death!

 

Increased death and suffering with an end-game in sight is something most Syrians would accept at this stage, because by now the only choice we have is to get to the other side no matter how high the cost will be. It’s the combination of death and abandonment that fuels extremism and kills hope.

 

Thursday May 31, 2012

 

Death toll: 51, most of whom fell in Homs Province in Qusayr, Rastan and Homs City.

 

Most neighborhoods and bazars in the suburbs of Damascus and Aleppo and many local neighborhoods continue to observe the call for general strike.

 

Defections in Deir Ezzor City and surrounding areas have increased dramatically over the last few days. Most of the city and the larger province seems to have fallen under the control of the local resistance.

 

Authorities and pro-Assad militias in Damascus prevent a funeral for the Christian activist Bassil Shahada in order to avoid an embarrassing show of anti-Assad sentiments by the city’s large Christian community. Assad and his supporters are still trying to portray the revolution as an exclusively radical Sunni phenomenon, but, in truth, discontent with Assad rule is endemic to all communities in Syria.

 

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While USA Today’s own editorial cautions against military intervention in Syria at this stage, I was given the opportunity to express the opposite point of view, arguing that “The time for action has come.” People can actually vote on whether they agree with the arguments made or disagree.

 

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While many respondents supported religious values in public life, only a small fraction strongly favored Shariah law, clerical influence in government, or heavy emphasis on Islamic education. A large majority (73%) said it was “important for the new Syrian government to protect the rights of Christians.” Only 20% said that religious leaders have a great influence on their political views…

 

Just 5% had even a mildly positive view of Saudi Arabia as a political model. In contrast, 82% gave Turkey a favorable rating as both a political and economic model (including over 40% extremely favorable). The U.S. earned 69% favorable ratings as a political model, with France, Germany and Britain close behind. Tunisia rated only 37% and Egypt 22%. Iran was rated lowest of any country included in the survey, including Russia and China: Not even 2% of respondents had positive views of Iran as a political model. Fully 90% expressed an unfavorable view of Hezbollah, including 78% with the most negative possible attitude…

 

The survey demonstrates that the core of the Syrian opposition inside the country is not made up of the Muslim Brotherhood or other fundamentalist forces, and certainly not of al Qaeda or other jihadi organizations. To be sure, a revolution started by secularists could pave the way for Islamists to win elections, as has occurred in Egypt. But the Syrian opposition is solidly favorable to the U.S. and overwhelmingly negative toward both Hezbollah and Iran.

 

 

“If the Americans are serious about adopting the Yemeni solution and pointing everybody in this direction, then they must do more than negotiate and consult because al-Assad will not accept any deal until after the Yemeni solution is no longer applicable and it is impossible to implement. We must accelerate the arming of the Syrian opposition and support them to besiege the regime until al-Assad accepts stepping down from power via a deal that represents the bare minimum that he has offered others. Unless al-Assad feels that he is being militarily besieged, he will never step down, rather he will accept more and more support from Hezbollah and Iran to create even more chaos, pushing Syria towards a sectarian war, for this is precisely what he wants, as he believes this will allow him to retain control of some parts of Syria, remaining as president of the regions that are – in terms of sectarianism – affiliated or allied to him.”

 

 

By Donatella Rovera, Amnesty International’s senior crisis researcher.

 

“Every protest I observed during three days in Aleppo ended the same way: with the army, security forces and shabiha – the infamous militias who do some of the government’s dirty work – opening fire on non-violent demonstrators who posed no threats to them (or to anybody else).”

 

Video Highlights

 

In the village of Eastern Bouaydah near the town of Qusayr in Homs Province, 14 laborers fell victims to summary executions by pro-Assad militiashttp://youtu.be/T0eP4K2Tibs , http://youtu.be/0nZcaV1WxFI , http://youtu.be/bcFD1-7PNJk

 

In Qusayr itself, the pounding continues http://youtu.be/JiRImmprk-8 and claims the life of local activist involved in filming and documenting the crackdown against the protesters in his area http://youtu.be/45Tg7lMgLlk Doctors and the field hospital come under fire even as they scurry to treat the injured http://youtu.be/LRPLh9wxfa8 Some of today’s martyrshttp://youtu.be/1dFvUskVWAM

 

In Homs City, the pounding of the old neighborhoods continueshttp://youtu.be/BHZtlskgi_M  , http://youtu.be/ub5PH78dQnQ Nighttime pounding left many buildings on fire: Qoussour http://youtu.be/1pcGUFOJWTA Hamidiyeh a historic house converted into restaurant is destroyed by the pounding http://youtu.be/CnS-E5fPkGUHome catches fire http://youtu.be/BKyt6C4r5Cc A local church is hithttp://youtu.be/rSOgu9CnrC8 Khaldiyeh: homes catch fire http://youtu.be/RbcgPKvjBZwhttp://youtu.be/6ZrAL3cGN7A Siraj Mosque catches firehttp://youtu.be/E6BmkL14W9Y

 

The nearby town of Rastan is pounded again http://youtu.be/fZQOo_MMaMU ,http://youtu.be/HarxR6hd7-Q , http://youtu.be/GBKv1EHf9gg ,http://youtu.be/S9gn8zGVnVE , http://youtu.be/xWjel4NN3zI An activist from the local documentation team is killed http://youtu.be/l_AGxEmdAV4 Clouds of black smoke rise above the town http://youtu.be/pRPe8JrRPn4 Some buildings catch firehttp://youtu.be/fjv6LVszO3o

 

In the town of Dar Azzah, Aleppo Province, choppers take part in bombarding the historic church of St. Simeon http://youtu.be/MMPIV-IPUK8 , http://youtu.be/7SL7AefbPeo

 

The town of Marei is pounded using choppers destroying many homeshttp://youtu.be/u1Ceq7odwao , http://youtu.be/ArpHYfYBrwA One of today’s martyrshttp://youtu.be/FSrPjZtII1k The chopper that took part in the poundinghttp://youtu.be/gSO1uK0YgXI

 

The town of Ma’arrat Al-Nouman, Idlib Province, is poundedhttp://youtu.be/dxFpY7d8Rlo

 

The town of Daraya, Damascus Province, is pounded http://youtu.be/hSR2LZg-Jhg

 

The Massacre of Eastern Bouaydah Village, Town of Qusayr, Homs Province

The Current Counts

Syrian Network for Human Rights: Special Report on 27 May Massacre in Hama

Massacre in Hama

After the Al-Houla massacre, divisions of the Syrian Regime army marched north and raided the city of Hama.  The troops were reinforced with many armoured vehicles and snipers who were already positioned on high buildings.  In the attack 33 victims were killed, including 7 kids and 5 women.  More than 90 people were wounded.

Districts that came under fierce shelling by armoured vehicles and artillery shells were: Athaheryea, Masha’a Al-Arba’een, some quarters of Aleppo Road, and Masha’a Al-Furousia (Janoub Al-Mal’ab).  When the residents of the abovementioned districts tried to flee, regime’s snipers targeted them, so scores of people were wounded, some of whom are now suffering from critical injuries.  The number of the wounded was at least 90 people.  At least 50 of the wounded received medical care in a makeshift hospital.  This included those with critical injuries, most of whom were women and children.

 

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The victims and the wounded are shown following the massacre.  

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gY9Iavb_3T0

The makeshift hospital where the wounded are being treated.

 

For further information, please see;

Syrian Network for Human Rights – Special Report Hama Massacre – 27 May 2012

Syrian Revolution Digest – Wednesday 30 May 2012

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Abandoned!

Symbolic gestures cannot save us from real slaughter. Words of sympathy do not shield us from mortar rounds. Sanctions do not stop marauding gangs of thugs and killers. In Syria, our sense of abandonment is as areal as the war being waged against us.  

Wednesday May 30, 2012

Death toll: 39.

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What the Hell Should We Do About Syria? FP asked five smart observers to offer their solutions for the quagmire in Damascus.

Obama & the Russians

… the Syrian revolution is as much about ending an apartheid-patronage system as it is about creating democratic state, yet Russia relies for its own commercial and military interests on preserving the former. Syrian dissident Ammar Abdulhamid, freshly returned from Moscow, smartly observes:

What the “regime” means to the Russians is Alawite control of security and military apparatuses. If regime survival under this formula is not possible, than the powers-that-be in Russia would not be too opposed to the fragmentation of Syria so long as coastal areas remain under Alawite control, which is the likely outcome in this case. To ensure getting their desired outcome, the Russians will continue propping up the regime by supplying it with arms, which they claim are not meant to be used against protesters but against future western intervention, and by continuing to be a stumbling block in the way of any meaningful UN-led action or condemnation.

So Russia will, in the end, accept nothing less than the balkanization of Syria. So much for the insistence of countless Security Council statements that the country’s “sovereignty” and “territorial integrity” be preserved.

The administration hopes that it is possible to appeal to the better angels of Moscow’s nature and that Houla compels them to change their position on Assad. Instead, the Russians are sending more arms to the regime. It’s hardly surprising, then, the Russians won’t even admit that Assad is behind the massacre. Russian deputy U.N. ambassador Alexander Pankin “rejected the idea that the evidence clearly showed Damascus was guilty.” … Moscow is simply playing the spoiler and thereby enjoying the sort of international prestige that it has not been afforded since the end of the Cold War. The Russians are not going to engineer a coup against Assad, or in any way work to resolve the issue, because it is precisely the conflict that has given them influence in Syria—the conflict, that is, and Obama, who for no good reason has handed Moscow the reins.

Video Highlights

In Houla, pounding by pro-Assad troops resumes after departure of UN monitors leaving many dead and wounded: treating the injured http://youtu.be/jBPjhJnjuMs ,http://youtu.be/7evsmN41-YQ Martyrs http://youtu.be/eb5D7Z3XzQo Crops catch firehttp://youtu.be/C3pWlKx9d9I The pounding http://youtu.be/2AUE2io4tbw ,http://youtu.be/2AUE2io4tbw The gunfire http://youtu.be/PnsxuLJ1vp8 ,http://youtu.be/vsjp5WIJ9ko Locals running away from town across the fieldshttp://youtu.be/Z3Z7mCYuphM Earlier in the day, UN monitors visited some of the local houses where entire families were slaughtered http://youtu.be/c1txS0LPPq8

Assad officials keep insisting that no condemnation should be made until their investigation of the events is concluded, but their methods of investigations, which involve random pounding of the town, are a bit… unorthodox.

Some of those Russians anti-aircraft missiles, not intended for use in the current crackdown, if we go by the assertions of Russian officials, get used in the pounding of the Old Homs neighborhoods, setting entire buildings on fire: Hamidiyeh http://youtu.be/OmeexzSs1aELocal activist is almost killed while filming http://youtu.be/JZI-C-1zY9g Bab Al-Sibaa: pulling the bodies of the dead from the streets while under fire from snipershttp://youtu.be/AK1i4jnG1sg Khaldiyeh http://youtu.be/3275Rb8nrbg The poundinghttp://youtu.be/P5YE7A8Lygk , http://youtu.be/QurkSJrrnj0 ,http://youtu.be/wMmOHpVkubA , http://youtu.be/wBc0IAGqrvY ,http://youtu.be/qJB6FoVLrZo

In Rastan, the pounding resumes at night http://youtu.be/RKW7NuJb8TQ

In Idlib Province, chopper fires rockets on the village of Mar Shammareenhttp://youtu.be/5Y8ZBI32QMs

In Anadan, Aleppo Province, chopper fires rockets on the townhttp://youtu.be/pVhC15D8Fm0

In Damascus, the pounding of the town of Douma continues http://youtu.be/pnZqu73h5ps

Syrian Network for Human Rights: Massive Shelling and Violent Attacks at Al-Houla Leaves 107 Dead

Al-Houla Plains Flooded with Blood

On 25 May 2012, Al-Houla plains witnessed the most brutal massacre since the arrival of the international observers in Syria. Random shelling targeted the villages and lands of al-Houla particularly the town of Taldo which lies at the western entrance of al-Houla and is surrounded by pro-regime villages.

The shelling, which lasted for 14 hours, left 11 people dead and dozens injured. Subsequently, army and security forces along with shabiha from the villages of Fulla and al-Qabou stormed into many houses at the outskirts of Taldou.

Shabiha forces carried out raids and extra-judicial executions against all residents at the outskirts of the town. Children were handcuffed and gathered with many men and women who were all subsequently slaughtered with bayonets. Shabiha militias then opened fire on the slaughtered victims, acts reminiscent of the dark ages and the law of the jungle.

The preliminary death toll of al-Houla massacre currently stands at 107 victims whose full names and photos have been documented. There remain many bodies that could not be reached and documented as yet. Among the casualties are 49 children under the age of 10 and 32 women.

 

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FfS4QV1HxBw&feature=youtu.be&skipcontrinter=1

A video showing some of the victims of the brutal shelling and massacre, including very young children.

 

A video showing some of those wounded from the attack.

 

International visitors arrive in Al-Houla following the massacre and are swarmed by residents relating what has occurred.

 

The mass burial for the victims of the massacre.

 

For further information, please see;

Syrian Network for Human Rights — Special Report on Al-Houla Massacre — 26 May 2012

 

Western Nations Expel Syrian Diplomats Following Houla Massacre

By Mark McMurray
Impunity Watch Reporter, Middle East

DAMASCUS, Syria — Several Western nations expelled Syrian diplomats in a coordinated response to last Friday’s violence in Houla.  Following the release of a United Nations report on Tuesday describing how many of the victims were shot dead at close range, the United States, Germany, France, Great Britain, Italy, Australia, Canada, Spain, Belgium, Bulgaria, and the Netherlands participated in the global diplomatic action.

Kofi Annan, the United Nations and Arab League’s Joint Special Envoy for Syria, meets with Syrian president Bashar al-Assad. (Photo courtesy of Reuters)

The report by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) described how most of the 108 victims were shot at close range with fewer than twenty killed by artillery.  Rupert Colville, an OHCHR spokesman, explained: “this was an absolutely abominable event that took place in Houla, and at least a substantial part of it was summary executions of civilians, women and children [where] entire families were shot in their houses.”

Pro-government paramilitary thugs known as shabiha were blamed for the house-to-house killings.  “Unfortunately, these allegations are consistent with other incidents documented by my office, the international Commission of Inquiry on Syria and other human rights organizations,” UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navanethem Pillay said on Tuesday.  Syria has denied responsibility, calling the Houla massacre a “terrorist massacre” perpetrated by “armed terrorists” who attacked the military in the area, killing civilians.

UN and Arab League representative Kofi Annan met with Syrian president Bashar al-Assad on Tuesday in Damascus.  Annan appealed “for bold steps now – not tomorrow, now – to create momentum for the implementation of the plan.  This means that the Government, and all Government-backed militias, could stop all military operations and show maximum restraint.”  The six-point peace plan offered by Annan to end the bloodshed back in March has not been implemented.  The Houla massacre is only the latest in a long string of atrocities that have taken place over the past fourteen months.

The U.S. and its allies are considering seeking further sanctions by the UN Security Council against Syria according to US State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland.  However, Russia has blocked two measures in the past and has threatened to veto future attempts.

French President Francois Hollande went so far as to mention the possible use of military force.  Speaking to France 2 television, he said, “military intervention is not excluded provided it is carried out under the auspices of international law, namely via a Security Council resolution.”  Hollande went on to say, “it is down to myself and others to convince Russia and China, and also to find a solution which is not necessarily a military one.”  On Friday, he will meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Paris.

For more information, please see:

Al-Ahram – Syria Opposition Seeks Resolution Authorising Use of Force – 29 May 2012

Al Jazeera – Syria Diplomats Face Expulsions over Massacre – 29 May 2012

Bloomberg – U.S., Allies Expel Syrian Diplomats after Houla Massacre – 29 May 2012

The New York Times – Western Nations, Protesting Killings, Expel Syrian Envoys – 29 May 2012

United Nations News Centre – Joint UN-Arab League Envoy Urges Syrian President to Take “Bold Steps” to End Violence – 29 May 2012

Syrian Revolution Digest – Tuesday 29 May 2012

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Requiem for the Living!

 

If world leaders believe that they have the luxury to turn their collective back on Syria and wring their collective hands, it will not be the first time people failed to see how their own houses were vulnerable to the fire they were doing nothing to combat. Humanity has made a habit of dancing in her own funeral. What we need today, more than ever, is a requiem for the living for the dead are already at peace.

Tuesday May 29, 2012

 

Death toll: 61, mostly in Homs, Aleppo and Deir Ezzor provinces.

 

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All of the attention being devoted to such dead-end diplomatic initiatives is simply indicative of the fundamental lack of seriousness in Washington regarding events in Syria. President Obama may have created an Atrocities Prevention Board, but he is doing nothing serious to prevent the ongoing atrocities in Syria.

 

Video Highlights

 

In the village of Sijer in Deir Ezzor Province in the northeast, locals find dozens of unidentified bodies with their hands tied behind their backs left by pro-Assad militias, the victims of summary executions: http://youtu.be/DxTvF7g6dFU

 

In Homs City, the pounding of old neighborhoods continues: Bab Sibaa http://youtu.be/MCwjNVtmdXo , http://youtu.be/2cW6ncspAqs Hamidiyeh: human remains scattered all over the streets http://youtu.be/6cBGQDOhrsA

 

The nearby town of Qusayr along the Lebanese borders continues to be heavily bombarded as well http://youtu.be/HlZsd8NsY1Y , http://youtu.be/UB9zX4__qUQ ,http://youtu.be/cr7oXDLqseE Treating the injured http://youtu.be/ymvoDziNsQ8 ,http://youtu.be/LStUj9mZros Martyrs http://youtu.be/WKECEkDAGx4 ,http://youtu.be/2VD63bHzm1M

 

In the town of Rastan, Homs Province, and after weeks of pounding, many neighborhoods lie in ruins http://youtu.be/rwL8n1g0-7E

 

In Aleppo Province, the battle for the town of Al-Atareb continues, but for now the local resistance retains control http://youtu.be/In_FZ5-4Nyk Scenes from the battle: local resistance laying siege to an official building where loyalist forces took refugehttp://youtu.be/Q40u6RodIo8 , http://youtu.be/ZZzYa0miY_4 ,http://youtu.be/1q1pSImGdYQ The wounded http://youtu.be/JIpWMxlAY9M Martyrshttp://youtu.be/KNgVAdYSq_c

 

In Damascus, the town of Douma comes under fire at night http://youtu.be/t94bUwJgKpMand has come under fire earlier in the day as well http://youtu.be/ALsbNkqPT0w

 

Leaked videos shows loyalist troops firing at civilian neighborhoods in the town of Da’el in Daraa Province http://youtu.be/TbHscxDBwD8

 

Syrian Human Rights Violations Special Report: Hospitals in Hama

During the past few months, private hospitals in Hama witnessed an organized campaign by the Syrian regime forces which went on killing and torturing civilians and even pursuing them to the places where they receive treatment and withholding treatment from them. Hospitals receiving the wounded in Hama were attacked many times as shown by the following examples obtained by activists from the Syrian Network for Human Rights.

 

This video shows the effects of shelling on the façade of Al Bader hospital (which is a private hospital in the northern part of Hama in Aleppo Road neighborhood).

 

Premature babies are dying in the incubators of Al Assad medical compound due to power cuts and the inability to use generators after fuel supplies to the hospital were cut.  Al Assad medical compound is a public hospital in the north eastern part of Hama in Al Hader neighborhood; it specialized in treating babies and pregnant women.  The Syrian regime forces have occupied the rooftop of this hospital and used it as a vantage point to kill and terrorize civilians.  The hospital is one of the most important centers for the regime forces in this area.

 

A video showing snipers monitoring from their strategic vantage point on the occupied Al-Assad hospital rooftop.

 

Field hospitals set up by residents, and with the help of doctors, to treat the injured away from regime forces are witnessing massive shortages in materials, sterilization and medical practice.  Doctors and nurses working in such hospitals are subject to arrest and torture.  The most critical shortages in such hospitals are blood transfusion sacks which are imported and sold in Syria exclusively by the Ministry of Defence through state-run blood bank branches which are formally affiliated with the Ministry of Defence, in addition to the platelet separator only available at such blood bank branches. Many cases of deaths result from injury and the inability to provide the patient with the needed blood. Activists in the Syrian revolution are currently working to get such sacks into the country through illegal ways to meet the needs of field hospitals.

 

Videos Courtesy of:

Syrian Network for Human Rights – Special Report Hospitals in Hama – 29 May 2012

Syrian Revolution Digest – May 28, 2012

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Enter the Merchants!

With the Damascene Merchant Elite throwing its support behind the revolution, the Massacre of Houla has become a watershed moment in the history of the Syrian Revolution, even as its impact on global consciousness remains uncertain.

The Russia Guilt

In response to Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov’s assertion that rebels share the blame for the Houla Massacre, it’s worth reminding that Russia shares even more of the blame in this regard. After all, they have been arming Assad and shielding him politically since the beginning of the revolution. The blood that was shed in Houla and is still being shed all across the country is on their hand. The assertions made by Russian officials to the effect that the arms they are sending to Syria are not the kind that can be used in the crackdown are worthless in the absence of any verification. In reality, with their every act and breath so far, Russian officials, to their eternal shame, insist on being part of the problem in Syria, rather than the solution.

Video Highlights

Damascus goes on strike http://youtu.be/D_57ksWjG3M , http://youtu.be/CR3qPio1QcAhttp://youtu.be/wiBjY547uyE , http://youtu.be/aQWk8CDHfmM The strike was observed in main commercial districts of Hamidiyeh, Hariqah, Bahsah and Halbouni as well as protest hubs of Kafar Sousseh, Qaboun, Barzeh, Assaly, Midan and elsewhere.

Damascus offers another child martyr (Tadamon Suburb) http://youtu.be/nooC0b3la2MHama City as well http://youtu.be/21ncUZ95fXk

The pounding of old neighborhoods in Homs City resumes: Khaldiyehhttp://youtu.be/TE_Om_J_XE0 , http://youtu.be/wFwVbhwpQOc ,http://youtu.be/lwO_q-PuKTI , http://youtu.be/4Fqfnd8vEPY with deadly consequenceshttp://youtu.be/hXIBBn1KDnM , http://youtu.be/RWakKur0954 ,http://youtu.be/fIaurFd71Qw Hamidiyeh http://youtu.be/-hEu0QtWVeg Bassel Shihadeh, an activist from Damascus, Christian, dies in Homs City as he was taking part in documenting the atrocities of pro-Assad militias http://youtu.be/5VMOypEjkC4

The pounding of the town of Al-Atareb in Aleppo Province, leaves scores woundedhttp://youtu.be/DRPkd_FB224 , http://youtu.be/-2QCtazzOSU ,http://youtu.be/5HtBdJnV7EE

Protesters in New York rally in front of the house of Assad’s UN envoy and force him to call the police http://youtu.be/gvz-vGEjws0

Syrian Human Rights Casualty Report: 25 May 2012



The Syrian Network for Human Rights & Damascus Centre for Human Rights Studies have documented 62 casualties in their report today most of whom in Homs and Hama, including 18 children.

 

Homs: 13| Hama: 12| Daraa: 7| Aleppo: 6| Damascus and Rural Damascus: 6| | Deir Ezzor: 5|
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Homs: 13
1- Fuad Abdul Mawla /Jouret Al-Sheyah/ killed by sniper fire.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rxSB0wirdyk
2- Abdul Razzaq Urfali /Al-Khaldeya/ killed at the hands of the regime’s security forces.
http://youtu.be/GbpDImSHyS0
3- Asa’ad Mahmoud Abdullah /Tadmur/ killed in his military unit when he defected.
4- Abdul Min’em Fayadh /Ar-Rastan/ was found under the rubble.
http://youtu.be/bfpatq8fgqU
5- Shihadah Ali Al-Shamsan, 30 years, /Deir Balaba/ killed under torture after 3 months of detention.
6- Muslih An-Nashmi, 24 years, /Deir Balaba/ killed under torture after two months of detention.
7- Basil Jnied /Baba Sbaa/ killed by sniper fire.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wapMhcnkt9A
8- Sameer Al-Sheikh Uthman, 30 years, /Karm Azzaitoun/ killed in Baba Sbaa clashes.
http://youtu.be/oqv4DjlbhGc
9- Aisha Abdul Razzaq Al-Mustafa /Taldou/ killed due to doctors’ inability to provide medical care due to medical staff and equipment shortage.
http://youtu.be/aXgc9hNMW7E
10- Abdul Halim Rustum /Joubar/ killed in the random shelling.
11- Walid Al-Abid /Homs- the old city/ killed in the random shelling.
http://youtu.be/fAAkw9SKLUs
12- Imad Qassab /Al-Qarabees/ killed in the random shelling.
13- Ahmad Al-Asam, 21 years, media person, /Al-Ghouta/ killed in Al-Ghouta/Al-Safsafa.
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Hama: 12
1- Zein Adnan Qatnakji, 3 years, /Al-Ulailat/ killed by gunshot that penetrated his father’s hand who was carrying him and killed him.
http://youtu.be/qb8GLzjq-pw
http://youtu.be/tYssIWKKHdM
2- Ghoudoun Bitar /Masha’a Janoub Al-Mal’ab/. She was killed in the random shelling.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=85c–hMVk6Y
3- Tawfiq Al-Tabaa, 14 years, /Al-Farayya/was killed by security forces’ gunfire while he was in front of the bakery in Al-Alameen Street.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fkvbk8awG-I
4- Azzam Munajid /Hama/ killed at the hands of the regime’s army.
5- A kid from Al-Diri’e family /Hama/ killed at the hands of the regime’s army.
6- Zahir Qanani /Hama/ army defector killed in Al-Arba’een neighbourhood.
7- Mahmoud Ahmad Qassab /Masha’a Janoub Al-Mal’ab/ killed in the random shelling.
8- Ali Ahmad Kreij, 50 years, /Al-Jarajmah/ killed by the regime’s army sniper fire.
9- Ahmad Al-Jawad /Aleppo Road/ killed by sniper fire.
http://youtu.be/KsT9Is20_j8
10- Mahmoud Da’boul /Janoub Al-Mal’ab/ killed in the random shelling.
http://youtu.be/GWy_9YYZmzk
11- Abdullah Tayyar /Janoub Al-Mal’ab/ killed by the regime’s security forces.
http://youtu.be/9vcXfo5Q5JE
12- Safwan Qassab /Masha’a Janoub Al-Mal’ab/ killed in the random shelling.
http://youtu.be/_VS_FpfZT-k
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Daraa: 7
1- Muhammad Ali Abou As-Sil, 80 years, /Nawa/ the regime’s forces raided his house and killed him with cold blood.
http://youtu.be/D7XGauo6vBc
2- Hamida Shalal Al-Nassari /Nawa/ Muhammad Abou As-Sil’s wife, killed by the regime’s security forces with cold blood.
http://youtu.be/D7XGauo6vBc
3- Ahmad Abdul Kareem Hreideen /Tafas/ killed by the regime’s army checkpoint stationed at Al-Umari mosque.
http://youtu.be/AchG9OM8p0o
4- Unidentified /Al-Ghara Al-Sharqia/ was killed and thrown nearby the dam.
5- Unidentified /Al-Ghara Al-Sharqia/ was killed and thrown nearby the dam.
6- Unidentified /Al-Ghara Al-Sharqia/ was killed and thrown nearby the dam.
7- Unidentified /Al-Ghara Al-Sharqia/ was killed and thrown nearby the dam.
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Aleppo: 6
1- Taher Ahmad Ali Taher Agha, 47 years old, /Kafr Karmeen/ killed in the random shelling.
2- Abdullah Haj Taha, 57 years old, /Kafr Karmeen/ killed in the random shelling.
http://youtu.be/kgYUKHuer1M
3- Ahmad Mazin Haj Taha, 27 years old, /Kafr Karmeen/ killed in the random shelling.
4- Adnan Al-Hasan /Al-Jeina/ killed in Al-Atarib in the random shelling.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AcI3BSatIlU
5- Abdou Mazin Haj Taha, 29 years, /kafr karmeen/ died of the wounds he received yesterday in the random shelling.
6- Radwan Al-Ahmad /Qabaseen/ the regime’s security forces opened fire at him when he passed by the police station.
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Damascus and Rural Damascus: 6
1- Muhammad Samir Safar, 20 years old, /At-Tadamun/ killed by security forces gunfire.
2- Ammar Salim Audeh /Barzeh/ killed by security forces when he defected in Izraa in Daraa.
3- Ziad Asa’ad /Madaya/ killed at the hands of security forces.
4- Muhammad Khider Taha /Yabroud/ killed by security forces gunfire.
5- Natheer Ramadhan /Nahir Aisheh/ killed by security forces gunfire.
6- Basil Shehadeh, Christian media person /Al-Qasa’a/ killed while he was covering the events of Baba Sbaa/Homs.
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Deir Ezzor: 5
1- Ismael Ilias /Al-Qureya/ killed by the regime’s security forces gunfire.
2- Ahmad Al-Husein /Bal Bu Umar/ army defector, first lieutenant, killed in the random shelling.
3- Abdul Hanan Al-Husein Ibrahim Al-Husein /Bal Bu Umar/ killed in the random shelling.
4- Husein Ali Al-Fashal /Bal Bu Umar/ killed in the random shelling.
5- Abdul Rahman Salih Al-Khalifa /Bal Bu Umar/ killed in the random shelling.