The latest fighting came as the new U.S. secretary of state said Washington is looking for more concrete ways to help the rebels in their fight to oust President Bashar Assad.
Aleppo, Syria’s largest city and former commercial capital, became a key front in the country’s civil war after rebels launched an offensive there in July 2012. In months of bloody street fighting, opposition fighters have slowly expanded the turf under their control, although the combat has left much of the city in ruins.
Very early maps of Kurdistan: http://kurdistantribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/Kurdistan-on-a-map-in-1072.pdf
Syrian Observatory for Human Rights: Final death toll for Thursday 28/2/2013. Approximately 140 Syrians were killed yesterday: The dead include: 57 unarmed civilians, 29 rebel fighters, 3 unidentified men, 7 unidentified rebel fighters, 5 non-Syrian rebel fighters, 2 defected soldiers, and at least 32 regular soldiers. Read more
Syrian army clashes with rebels around Aleppo: ByRYAN LUCAS Associated Press
Syrian Observatory for Human Rights: Hasakah province: Rebels from the extremist al-Nusra Front have invaded and taken over town of Tel Hamis,in Reef al-Hasakah. The town and the surrounding areas are mostly inhabited by Syrian Kurds. The al-Nusra fighters spread northwards to the nearby villages of Tel Kojar and al-Thahira. Activists report that al-Nusra threatened to begin firing if the local residents of the area did not give up their weapons and dismantle the checkpoints they set up to protect their villages. Read more
We understand that aid is reaching the jihadist fighters in Sere Kaniye coming in from Turkey …
Syrian Observatory for Human Rights: Final death toll for Sunday 24/02/2013
More than 160 people were killed yesterday in Syria;
The dead include: 68 unarmed civilians (including 8 children), 37 rebel fighters, 8 unidentified, 1 defected lieutenant, 1 defected soldier, 1 defected police officer, 13 unidentified rebel fighters, and at least 27 regular soldiers. Read more
Syrian Observatory for Human Rights: Preliminary death toll for 23/2/2013: Approximately 80 Syrians killed so far today. The dead: 44 civilians (including 17 children, all in Aleppo), 7 rebels, 2 unidentified rebels, 23 regular soldiers, 2 defected soldiers
By province: Aleppo (2 rebels, 29 civilians*). Reef Dimashq (2 unidentified rebels, 1 rebel, 6 civilians). Damascus (5 men). Idlib (2 rebels, 3 civilians). Der’a (1 rebel, 1 civilian). Hama (1 rebel).
1 defected soldier was killed from wounds caused by clashes in Reef Der’a several days ago. Read more
Firat News: Öcalan: This visit is a historic step ISTANBUL 23.02.2013
Peace and Democracy Party (BDP) deputies Sirri Süreyya Önder, Pervin Buldan and Altan Tan have returned from Imrali Island where they have visited the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) leader Abdullah Öcalan on Saturday.
Making a short statement after the visit, BDP group deputy chair Pervin Buldan quoted the Kurdish leader saying the followings; “This visit is a historic step and all sides must act carefully and sensitively in this ongoing process. The state has PKK prisoners, so does the PKK have civilian prisoners. PKK should treat the prisoners well and I hope they will come together with their families soon”.
Buldan said that BDP co-chairs will make a detailed statement on the visit in the following days.
Qamishlo Friday demonstration: Kurdish language is our red line.
Syrian Observatory for Human Rights: al-Hasaka province: Bombardment is still ongoing by regular forces since yesterday on the Tal Hmeis town and its neighbouring villages, after jihadists from al-Nusra front and other battalions tried to control the town and its surroundings, several civilians fled the area. Several mortar shells fell on the Kurdish villages of Manjiriniyat A’mri, Shora, and Tal Ghazal. Losses were only material.
Preliminary death toll for 22/2/2013: More than 100 people killed so far today in Syria. Read more
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