Syrian Revolution Digest – 6 June 2012



Risking Genocide!


One Houla. Two Houlas. Three Houlas. Four Houlas… How many Houlas before you act? Over 15,000 dead and the U.S. is still talking sanctions and Russia just now considering changing Assad but not the regime! Something gotta give, before it’s too late, before a 100,000 Syrians are killed, before the country is no more.  


Wednesday June 06, 2012


Today’s death toll: 140. The Breakdown: 92 in Marzaf (Hama), 15 in Hiffeh (Lattakia), 11 in Idlib, 12 in Homs, 5 in Deir Ezzor, 2 in Damascus and 1 in Daraa.


New Massacres have been reported in Kafar Zeiteh and Marzaf towns in Hama Province. final tallies are still being compiled.


In Damascus, clashes between pro-Assad militias and local resistance were reported in Kafar Batna, Saqba and neighboring communities.


In Lattakia, pro-Assad militias continue their siege and pounding of the town of Hiffeh, but their attempts at taking the small town continue to be repelled by local resistance.


In Aleppo, the pounding of the town of Hayan by pro-regime militias and regulars continues.













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After pro-Assad militias and regulars managed to drive out the members of the local resistance from the town of Kafar Zeiteh, following days of continuous bombardments using tanks, heavy artillery and choppers, they stormed on June 5 and perpetrated another massacre. Locals returned to find burnout homes, shops and cadavers. Over 150 are said to be missing. Burnt out bodies , Burnt out homes and shops Earlier in the day, the town was pounded one more time after the militias left Militias then set the crops on fire ,


But the pro-Assad militias were not done. They simply moved to the nearby village of Marzaf where they perpetrated a similar massacre in Qubeir Farm ,


Now pro-Assad militias are reportedly targeting the towns of Hilfaya and Taybat Al-Imam and nearby communities. Taybat Al-Imam: the pounding begins at night


All killings are now sectarian I character. The killers are Alawites. The victims Sunnis.





Operation Damascus Boiling: in order to show how widespread the disaffection with the regime local residents have become and how shaky the regime’s control over the city has become, activists in Damascus City launched an operation in which they simultaneously interrupted traffic with burning tires in over 30 locations around the city. Overview from Mount Qasayoun Baramkeh , , , Midan Jazmatiyeh Kafar Sousseh


But the main story on Damascus was all about the clashes that took place in different suburbs and neighborhoods at different times of the day: Gunfire and explosions in Jobar gunfire in Al-Hajar Al-Aswad In Qalamoun, members of the local resistance carry out a raid against the headquarters of th Division and liberate some of their colleagues


Protesters in Ruknaddine come under fire


Daraa City: the sounds of distant clashes can be heard all through the night


Nighttime protesters in Salaheddine Neighborhood, Aleppo City, come under fire


The town of Hayan, Aleppo Province, comes under heavy pounding , ,


Pro-Assad militias set crops on fire in the town of Mouhassan, Deir Ezzor Province


The pounding of the town of Rastan, Homs Province, resumes at night ,


The old neighborhoods in Homs City were also pounded: Boustan Al-Diwan Khaldiyeh Hamdiyeh Buildings fall apart Qoussour , , Wadi Al-Sayih


This leaked video shows pro-Assad militias humiliating a teenager


Syrian Revolution Digest – Tuesday 5 June 2012



The Milkshake At Road’s End!

This revolution is against the Assad regime not just against Assad, the sooner the Russians (and Chinese) understand that the better.

Tuesday June 05, 2012

Today’s death toll: 54. The Breakdown: 15 in the town of Hiffen (Lattakia Province), 13 in Hama, 9 in Homs, 6 in Idlib, 5 in Daraa, 2 in Aleppo, 3 in Damascus, and 1 in Hassakeh.

Battles in the mountainous Hiffeh District in Lattakia Province have intensified today as the local resistance managed to repel an advance by pro-Assad militias. 15 locals were killed, and 5 tanks were destroyed. But the continuous pounding of the towns did force many inhabitants to flee their villages. Naturally, pro-regime websites spread stories of Salafist- take-over of villages where a Salafi Emirate is said to have been declared. This is the usual propaganda that proceeds a mass assault. With this, the ethnic cleansing of the coastal area will now begin at earnest. As western leaders watch on, Abkhazia on the Mediterranean inches closer to reality, with Russian, Chinese and Iranian backing. At night, intensive gunfire was heard in the majority Sunni neighborhood of Sleibeh in Lattakia City:

Turkish officials declare that over 27,000 Syrians have crossed the border into Turkey over the last 5 days alone after loyalist troops set fire to fields and forests in an effort to flush out members of the local resistance.

So-called Jabhat Al-Nusrah today claimed the killing of the 13 locals in Deir Ezzor Province whose bodies were discovered last week. The victims, the announcement claimed, were pro-Assad informants and security agents. But this account contradicts with reports from locals who now say the dead were defectors insisting that the Jabha, which had earlier claimed responsibility for the most recent bombings in Damascus, is nothing but a regime creation.

Meanwhile, the war continues to rage in the countryside of Aleppo and Hama, with the continuing pounding affecting the towns of Eizaz and Hayan and reaching the outskirts of Aleppo City itself. In the town of Kafar Zeiteh, Hama Province, members of the local resistance was forced to evacuate after days of fighting.

Battles in Daraa City left Colonel Mohammad Aslan, one of the architects of the local crackdown dead.


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KAFER ZAITA, SYRIA — For four days, Syrian army units and armed rebels of the Free Syrian Army fought for control of this town in a battle that demonstrated the strengths and weaknesses of both sides. In the end, the rebels abandoned their positions, but only after fighting off multiple assaults by the army… (More)

Joshua says: “Let’s be clear: Washington is pursuing regime change by civil war in Syria. The United States, Europe, and the Gulf states want regime change, so they are starving the regime in Damascus and feeding the opposition. They have sanctioned Syria to a fare-thee-well and are busy shoveling money and helping arms supplied by the Gulf get to the rebels. This will change the balance of power in favor of the revolution. It is also the most the United States can and should do.”

Let’s be clear indeed: everything that Joshua said above is false. At this stage the best thing that can be said about U.S. policy towards Syria is that they are pursuing regime change in rhetoric. So far, the opposition is ill-fed if not severely malnourished, while the regime can still count on the support of its allies to meet its basic crackdown needs, then some. U.S. and allies have come to us bearing the good intentions outlined above by Joshua, but so far, their support remains conceptual.

So, if we have asymmetrical civil war conditions currently prevailing in Syria, we have the Assads and their allies to thank for this (and it’s indeed noteworthy that the role of Assad’s allies has been completely ignored in Joshua’s analysis). The U.S. can be blamed only for its absence and for allowing the situation to devolve to this point. The kind of U.S. intervention that we seek is meant exactly to stop this civil war, asymmetric as it is, and ensure that some of our basic expectations are still met. There is no “democratization Kool-aid” to be drunk in this conflict, as Joshua implied, but there a milkshake at end of the road, and there will be blood on the way to it. Democratization is never easy, and, in a region like ours, it cannot be a purely internal affair as so many are advocating. There are too many players involved, domestic, global and regional, and too many intersecting and clashing interests to allow for this.

The situation needs to be judged on its merits. Not on what happened before or what sort of mistakes could be made in the future. Inaction might indeed save the U.S. and its allies from having to deal with a logistical nightmare and can help them avoid some blame for the unavoidable mistakes that come with intervention, but this inaction might just amount to an all-out betrayal of the values that America stands for, while jeopardizing certain of her interests.

If inaction is the lesson that some are drawing from the experiences of Iraq and Libya, Bosnia, Kosovo and Rwanda have more compelling lessons to teach in this regard.

It’s also interesting to see how analysts like Joshua who have advocated and helped chart yesterday’s wrong policies toward Assad, namely: engagement, are now advocating inaction, something that still benefits Assad. After all, inaction gives him the needed time to lay the necessary foundations for his Abkhazia on the Mediterranean.

No, this is not a personal swipe against Joshua. After all, he is not the only analyst that fits in this category. Almost all engagement-advocates of the days of yore are now inaction advocates. But Advocating inaction after advocating the wrong policy is a way for shirking responsibility for doing the right thing, just to avoid dealing with the headaches and the mess that come with it.

By the way: yes, a policy that calls for arming rebels and watching from the sidelines, while providing occasional advice, is inaction. Stopping a civil war and keeping a country, or most of it, together, requires far greater involvement than allowing arms to flow in. There is a need for some micro-level involvement while managing this situation.

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The Battle for Hiffeh, Lattakia Province: members of the local resistance confiscate a tank

Father Paolo visits the activists in Homs Including Dr. Mohammad Al-Mohammad, the former field doctor of Baba Amr neighborhood

In Aleppo City, nighttime protesters in Salaheddine Neighborhood  come under fire heard at the outskirts of the city

The town of Hayan, Aleepo province, is pounded as well Choppers take part in bombing of the town of Eizaz

The Jib Neighborhood in Hama City comes under heavy nighttime pounding

After retaking the town of Kafar Zeiteh, Hama Province, pro-Assad militias venture into town o their motorcycles for a brief victory parade

The city of Ma’arrat Al-Nouman, Idlib Province comes under heavy pounding

Clashes come within meters of the Syria-Turkish borders: Kilis

UN Monitors pay a visit to the town of Qouriyeh, Deir Ezzor Province

The pounding of Homs City continues: Qoussour ,

In Damascus, tanks storm through the town of Saqba

Daraa City received its fair share of pounding today as well the area of the Palestinians camps Attempt by loyalist troops to storm the camps at night was repelled by members of the local resistance ,

Syrian Revolution Digest: 3 June 2012



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 body

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 fate Meanwhile, the pounding of the town continued, even as Bashar Al-Assad delivered his speech and blamed the massacre of Houla on monsters 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 pounding The martyrs , , , , (Graphic) The body of activist Adnan Wahbi

The town of Saqba, Damascus Suburbs, comes under fire , Chopper surveying the scene

Fields around the village of Al-Rami, Idlib Province, catch fire after intense pounding A number of locals were killed and immediately buried

The pounding of Ariha, Idlib Province, continues ,

The town of Mourik, Hama Province, comes under heavy pounding

In Aleppo Province, loyalist troops move into the town of Hayan the pounding sets many installations on fire

The pounding of Old Homs continues ,

The town of Ghabaghib, Daraa Province, comes under heavy pounding

Syrian Human Rights Violations Report: 3 June 2012

Homs | Arrastan

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


Aleppo | Al-Sha’ar

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


Hama | Al-Arba’een

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



Rural Damascus | Daria

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



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 , an attempt to enter city , ,  was repelled by local resistance members in an operation that left 3 tanks, a sweeper and 4 buses destroyed as well as a number of loyalist soldiers , Destroying a tank The operation also led to the capture of a number of loyalist troops well as few rockets Martyr

Meanwhile, the nearby town of Misraba was pounded by loyalist troops So did Arbeen andHamouriyeh , and Ain Terma Victims from the town of Arbeen Pulling bodies from the streets

The pounding of Old Homs continues , , Jouret Al-Shayah dead bodies, victims of the pounding, lie in the streets KhaldiyehHomes catch fire , Bab Al-Sibaa Qoussour Assessing the damages

In the town of Talbisseh, Homs Province, an attack by pro-Assad militias on a civilian bus left a number of injured and a number of dead

The pounding of the town of Qaryatein leaves several dead

The town of Kafar Zeiteh, Hama Province, comes under fire at night and after UN monitors leave the city and into the night Earlier, the U monitors paid a visit to the city and talked to the local inhabitants , ,

The pounding of the town of Ariha, Idlib Province, leaves this building on fire After a direct hit by a rocket Loyalist troops stand at the outskirts of town They try to storm the town and children are forced to evacuate parts of the city try to run for safety But the local resistance fought back and destroyed two tanks a local martyr

Protesters in Aleppo City come under fire: Salaheddine , But they remain defiant

In the town of Tseel, Daraa Province, UN monitors assess damage done to one of the houses

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



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

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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.”

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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 ,

Tens of thousands of local residents in Aleppo City march towards the central square chanting for freedom and the Free Syrian Army , Different rallies come from different parts of town before converging on Saadallah Al-Jabiri Square , , , But the moment they arrive at the Square, pro-Assad militias open fire on them But some protesters hold their ground on the outskirts of the Square and throw stones at the militias InSakhour suburb, protesters come under fire before they leave the neighborhood Rescuing the injured Some children are killed

The pounding of Homs City continues from morning (Jouret Al0-Shayah) , , way into the night Setting whole buildings on fire Qoussour Malaab Khaldiyeh , Martyrs ,
Tanks continue to pound the town of Rastan while others pound Houla , And InQusayr where shelling kills several The shelling was meant to break up this rally

Eastern Bouyadah, Homs Province: UN monitors pay a visit to the site of Thursday’s massacres perpetrated by pro-Assad death squads , ,

The town of Al-Atarib, Aleppo Province comes under heavy pounding

Protesters in the neighborhood of Salhiyeh in Central Damascus come under fire The town of Douma, east of Damascus, comes under heavy pounding The Damascene suburb of Daraya comes under pounding

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 Jbeileh Deir Ezzor City


Syrian Revolution Digest — Thursday 31 May 2012



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).”


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In the village of Eastern Bouaydah near the town of Qusayr in Homs Province, 14 laborers fell victims to summary executions by pro-Assad militias , ,


In Qusayr itself, the pounding continues and claims the life of local activist involved in filming and documenting the crackdown against the protesters in his area Doctors and the field hospital come under fire even as they scurry to treat the injured Some of today’s martyrs


In Homs City, the pounding of the old neighborhoods continues  , Nighttime pounding left many buildings on fire: Qoussour Hamidiyeh a historic house converted into restaurant is destroyed by the pounding catches fire A local church is hit Khaldiyeh: homes catch fire Siraj Mosque catches fire


The nearby town of Rastan is pounded again , , , , An activist from the local documentation team is killed Clouds of black smoke rise above the town Some buildings catch fire


In the town of Dar Azzah, Aleppo Province, choppers take part in bombarding the historic church of St. Simeon ,


The town of Marei is pounded using choppers destroying many homes , One of today’s martyrs The chopper that took part in the pounding


The town of Ma’arrat Al-Nouman, Idlib Province, is pounded


The town of Daraya, Damascus Province, is pounded


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

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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.



The victims and the wounded are shown following the massacre.

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




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 , Martyrs Crops catch fire The pounding , The gunfire , Locals running away from town across the fields Earlier in the day, UN monitors visited some of the local houses where entire families were slaughtered

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 activist is almost killed while filming Bab Al-Sibaa: pulling the bodies of the dead from the streets while under fire from snipers Khaldiyeh The pounding , , , ,

In Rastan, the pounding resumes at night

In Idlib Province, chopper fires rockets on the village of Mar Shammareen

In Anadan, Aleppo Province, chopper fires rockets on the town

In Damascus, the pounding of the town of Douma continues

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.



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



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:


In Homs City, the pounding of old neighborhoods continues: Bab Sibaa , Hamidiyeh: human remains scattered all over the streets


The nearby town of Qusayr along the Lebanese borders continues to be heavily bombarded as well , , Treating the injured , Martyrs ,


In the town of Rastan, Homs Province, and after weeks of pounding, many neighborhoods lie in ruins


In Aleppo Province, the battle for the town of Al-Atareb continues, but for now the local resistance retains control Scenes from the battle: local resistance laying siege to an official building where loyalist forces took refuge , , The wounded Martyrs


In Damascus, the town of Douma comes under fire at night has come under fire earlier in the day as well


Leaked videos shows loyalist troops firing at civilian neighborhoods in the town of Da’el in Daraa Province


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