Syrian Observatory for Human Rights: The current number of civilian martyrs in Syria today (Wednesday 30/5/2012), documented by the SOHR with name and reason of death, has risen to 45.
-In Homs 10 killed. 3 civilians have been killed in the city of Homs so far, including a rebel fighter. In Reef Homs, 4 people were killed in the city of al-Qaseer, where the regime has been bombing several neighbourhoods; the surrounding villages arewitnessing clashes. Adnan Darweesh, a non-military rebel fighter with the Ali bin Abi Talib brigade, was killed after midnight when a rocket targeted his car near the cement factory in Rastan by syrian troops. A man was killed in Houla by the Syrian army’s bombardment of the area.
-In Hama province a non-military rebel fighter died during clashes in Kafarzeita, Reef Hama.
- In Dera’a 10 people were killed. 6 civilians killed in an ambush set out for them on the Teeba Mata’iya road. 3 people from Inkhil were killed and there was a martyr from the town of Nawa, the reasons of their death is still unknown.
-10 martyred in Reef Dimashq. A young man was shot and killed after midnight by security services in Dareyya, 5 killed in Douma, the cause of death still remains unclear. 4 people were shot and killed in the town of Thiyaba by regime forces during a funeral procession.
-In Aleppo 11 martyrs. A child was martyred in al-Jeena, Reef Aleppo, by wounds she suffered days ago during the bombing of Atarib. One person was killed in A’azaz by a sniper. 5 people from the same family were murdered by unknown gunmen in northern Reef Idlib, another family member soon died from wounds he suffered during the attack. 3 civilians were killed in Atarib during the Syrian forces’ raid, one of them was summarily executed.
-In Idlib province 2. Bassam al-Khalaf, leader of the Iqtiham brigade, part of the Shuhada’ Jabal az-Zawiya battalion, was killed in battle. A child died of wounds she received this morning in Ma’arat al-Nu’man.
-In Deir Izzor, an 18-year-old was shot dead by unknown gunmen in the city.
A defected soldier and first lieutenant were killed during clashes in Kafarzeita.
A first sergeant in the syrian army was assassinated by unknown gunmen in Deir Izzor. No less than 18 members of the regular forces were killed during clashes and attacks on checkpoints in Reef Hama, Idlib and Dera’a. 4 soldiers were killed when an armed vehicle was targeted in Reef Aleppo.
Survivors Describe Execution of Family Members
(New York, May 28, 2012) – Kofi Annan should push Syria’s government to allow the UN-appointed Commission of Inquiry access into the country to investigate the May 25, 2012, killing of at least 108 Houla residents, Human Rights Watch said today ahead of an impending visit by the UN envoy to Damascus. The Syrian government has so far refused entry to the UN-mandated commission. Human Rights Watch also reiterated its call to the UN Security Council to refer the situation in Syria to the International Criminal Court (ICC).
Syrian Observatory for Human Rights: The Syrian Observatory welcomes the expulsion of Syrian diplomats
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) would like to voice its approval for the actions taken by Britain, France and other EU members as well as Canada and Australia in expelling Syria’s ambassadors and diplomats from their soil in repugnance of the terrible massacre committed in Houla, where more than a hundred civilians were killed, 32 of them children.
The SOHR urges the other members of the European Union, and all countries that respect human rights, to take steps towards expelling the diplomats and ambassadors of the Syrian regime from their capitals. The SOHR also urges these countries to withdraw their own diplomats from Damascus. Read more
Syrian Observatory for Human Rights: Syrian forces bus bombed in Reef Dimashq
Reef dimashq province: Several Syrian troops were killed, and many injured, when an explosive device targeted their bus in the Sayyid Zaynab neighbourhood of Ma’adamiya, heavy gunfire followed. Loud explosions were heard in the city of Dareyya tonight, followed by gunfire. An explosion was also heard in Douma.
UN News: 26 May 2012 – Top United Nations officials on Saturday strongly condemned the killing of over 90 civilians, including 32 children, and the wounding of hundreds more in a village near Homs, and stressed that those responsible must be held accountable.
Observers from the UN Supervision Mission in Syria (UNSMIS) confirmed the killing after having viewed the bodies in the village of Houla, where they also confirmed from an examination of ordnance that artillery and tank shells were fired at a residential neighbourhood. Read more
Syrian Observatory for Human Rights: More than 50 killed in al-Hawla massacre.
18:17 The former head of Syria’s main opposition bloc, Burhan Ghalioun, admitted after resigning Thursday that the Syrian National Council was riven with divisions and has not lived up to Syrians’ sacrifices.
Syrian troops fire on Aleppo demonstrations, activists say: Troops opened fire on protesters after about 1,500 people took to the streets of Syria’s second city of Aleppo for an anti-regime rally on Wednesday, triggering armed clashes, a watchdog said.
“In the Fardous neighborhood, demonstrations took place calling for the fall of the regime,” the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said in a statement sent to AFP.
HOMS (22/05/2012): We haven’t posted any videos of Homs for a while, but this was mainly to avoid repetition rather than because the situation has changed significantly, as you can see in this video from Bayadah district in the north of the city today. Since the start of the Annan “ceasefire” almost 1,500 martyrs have been recorded, more than a third of them (514) in Homs.