The Arab Spring sparked protests in Deraa in southern Syria in March. These spread quickly across the country, with demonstrators calling for democratic reform and, latterly, regime change. The Syrian government responded with violent repression. UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay reported throughout the year many horrific cases of security forces subjecting civilians, including women and children, to severe human rights violations in their attempts to crush the protests. Read more
English Speakers to Help The Syrian Revolution : Funeral of the Red Crescent Medic, Mohammad al Khadraa, in Douma this afternoon. Mohammad was killed by regime forces when rescuing the wounded from the Regime shelling. Rest in Peace….. Hero Martyr
Syria: Syrian Arab Red Crescent volunteer killed 25-04-2012 News Release 12/91
Damascus/Geneva (Syrian Arab Red Crescent / ICRC) – One Syrian Arab Red Crescent volunteer was killed and three others were injured while on duty on the evening of 24 April. The deceased, Mohammed al-Khadraa, was a first-aid responder working, in the city of Douma, in Rural Damascus. He was shot and killed in a vehicle clearly marked with the red crescent emblem.
The Syrian Arab Red Crescent and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) condemn the lack of respect for life-saving medical services in Syria.
“We are saddened and extremely shocked by the death of Mohammed al-Khadraa,” said Dr Abdul Rahman al-Attar, the president of the Syrian Arab Red Crescent. “This is the third fatal incident involving the Red Crescent in less than eight months.”
The aim of the Red Crescent and the Red Cross is to bring life-saving assistance to those in need on a fully impartial and neutral basis. This humanitarian work must be respected by all and at all times.
Medical personnel, medical facilities and ambulances must not be harmed. Health-care personnel, in particular Syrian Arab Red Crescent volunteers, must be able to provide aid unhindered and in safety. The red cross and red crescent emblems must be respected by all sides.
Douma: The regime’s army barged into city by tanks:
Douma: barged into city by tanks . Saturday, April 28
Qamishlo (West Kurdistan) – Ebdul Khaliq Hesen from Alenteriya district, a member of the People’s Committees of the PYD (Democratic Union Party) was arrested and taken to court in Qamishlo, Rojava Kurdistan (Syrian occupied Kurdistan) yesterday the 26.04.2012. A crowd of PYD members and supporters gathered outside the court to protest and demanding his release shouting slogans and refusing to leave. According to reports from Kurdish activists one police was injured and three Kurds arrested but later released.Assad’s security forces and thugs set upon them with gas and firing live rounds to disperse the crowds of protesters who had taken over the area. ANF reports that in response to these attacks 3 security forces from Amude and Qamishlo were taken hostage. Ebdul Khaliq Hesen is still held in custody.Watch the videos:
Syrian Uprising 2011 Information Centre: SUMMARY (26/04/2012): At least 35 martyrs have fallen today, mostly in Deir Ezzor, Aleppo, Homs and Daraa – where a man and a 10-year old child were shot by Assad’s snipers in front of the UN observers. Manwhile, mass arrests continue to take place, and explosions have been heard in the Damascus suburbs of Zamalka and Duma where at least 20 houses have been occupied by Assad’s forces after their inhabitants were kicked out. Syria – Thursday 26/04/2012 – Google Maps Read more
Syrian Uprising 2011 Information Centre: Summary (25/04/2012): At least 75 martyrs have fallen today, most of them in the latest massacre in Hama. A missile strike destroyed 15 homes in Masha’a al-Tayar district – the number of reported victims is currently 54 including 13 kids and 16 women. Activists have decided to stop cooperating with the UN observers because their visits have only been bringing more death to the areas they visit. Since the start of the “ceasefire” on 12 April there have been 430 martyrs. Syria – Wednesday 25/04/2012 – Google Maps Read more
Syrian Uprising 2011 Information Centre: Summary (24/04/2012): 32 martyrs have fallen today, mostly in Homs and Damascus Countryside despite the presence of the UN observers. There are reports that 9 activists have been killed by Assad’s forces after they talked to the UN team, while hundreds of families have fled Arba’in district in Hama fearing more shelling. Meanwhile, state media has been talking about a car bomb that went off in Marjeh square, central Damascus, injuring 3 people and the assassination of 2 officers in Damascus suburbs. Syria – Tuesday 24/04/2012 – Google Maps Read more
The 15 Kurdish activists in Strasbourg have ended their hunger strike action today on the 52nd day. At a press conference they declared, that the action has broken a wall of silence. The hunger strikers are also convinced that their demands have been taken seriously by the relevant institutions, and that practical measures will be taken.