Friday 1 June 2012

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Syrian Observatory for Human Rights: Clashes and explosions in Reef Dimashq. Reef Dimashq province: Violent clashes are taking place, between Syrian troops and rebel fighters, in the city of Harasta. Explosions were heard in the al-Hajariya neighbourhood in city of Douma, the explosions were followed by intense gunfire.  1 6 2012 Banash, Idlib, friday protest ‘Children of Houla, flares of victory’ 1/6/2012    +18

The updated number of civilian martyrs in Syria so far today (Friday 1/6/2012) -‘Friday for the children of Houla, the flames of victory’-, documented by the SOHR with name and reason of death, has risen to 35.

-In Homs, 7 civilians were killed. 3 men was martyred when the regime bombarded Jourat al-Shayyah and the old neighbourhoods of Homs. Activists report that 2 were shot in the Bab Siba’ neighbourhood, and 2 were killed while trying to defend the Bab Tadmur neighbourhood. -2 killed in Deir Izzor. One was martyred this morning in al-Bukamal, activists in the city reported that a civilian was shot dead in front of his house by Syrian troops. The other was lost his life to wounds he suffered weeks ago. -8 citizens were killed in Reef Dimashq. Activists report that 5 non-militant civilians were killed in Dareyya when Syrian regular forces stormed the town with heavy artillery and fired several shells on the western part of the city -where the rebel fighters are stationed-. 2 civilians were shot and killed in the town of Haran al-Awameed. One man was martyred in suburbs of Seyyida Zeinab. -3 civilians were martyred this afternoon in the Mezzeh area of Damascus when a house exploded in the Basateen al-Zari neighbourhood. -6 martyrs in Aleppo province. One civilian from Atarib died from excessive torture in a detention centre. 5 civilians, including 2 children, were killed when security forces fired live rounds at a protest in the al-Sha’ar neighbourhood and at mourners in the Tareeq al-Bab neighbourhood, Aleppo. -4 civilians were martyred in Dera’a. An elderly man was killed in Sheikh miskeen, he was shot while exiting the mosque. 3 civilians, including a woman, were killed in the town of Tseel, Reef Dera’a. They were killed by the intense bombardment of the town after clashes between the regime forces and rebels. -3 killed in Idlib province. A child was martyred by gunfire from a security checkpoint in Ariha; a man was shot and killed by a sniper while leaving the mosque. -3 killed in Hama province. A young man on his motorbike was shot dead by security forces in the village of Tuseini, Reef Hama. 2 ciivilians were martyred in the villages of Qastoun and Yazun. Footage was sent to the SOHR showing a woman and her 3 children dying from gun wounds. Activists claim that the family was shot by regime forces in the town of Hamouriya, Reef Dimashq. The SOHR has not had the ability to verify these claims or the names of those in the video, we therefore urge the UN monitors to investigate the case and verify this possible massacre. —– 12 Syrian troops have been killed after an intense explosion that targeted their military base near al-Mastooma, Reef Idlib; and during clashes in Tseel, Reef Dera’a.

UN Human Rights Council calls for special investigation into Houla massacre in Syria

The United Nations Human Rights Council today called for “a special inquiry” into the massacre in the Syrian village of Houla last weekend, which resulted in the killings of 108 people, including 49 children.After a Special Session in Geneva on Friday afternoon, focussed on the deteriorating human rights situation in Syria and the killings in Houla, the Council adopted a resolution – with 41 votes in favour, three against and two abstentions – condemning in the strongest terms the use of force against civilians.

The meeting is the Council’s fourth special session on Syria since the crisis in the Middle Eastern country began some 15 months ago. The UN estimates that more than 9,000 people, mostly civilians, have been killed in Syria and tens of thousands displaced since the uprising against President Bashar al-Assad began.

In the resolution, Council members deplored the “outrageous killings” in Houla and emphasized the continued failure of the Syrian authorities to protect and promote the rights of all Syrians.

The Council called for International Commission of Inquiry on Syria – a UN independent panel probing abuses in the Middle Eastern country – to conduct a “transparent, independent and prompt investigation into violations of international law with a view to hold to account those responsible for widespread, systematic and gross human rights violations, including violations that may amount to crimes against humanity.”

In addition, the Council asked the Commission of Inquiry to publicly identify, if possible, those responsible for the atrocities and to submit a report on the results of its investigation at its next session, which will be held from 18 June to 6 July.

The Commission of Inquiry was established at the Council’s second Special Session and it presented its first report on 28 November last year, concluding that the substantial body of evidence it had gathered indicated that gross violations of human rights had been committed by Syrian military and security forces since the beginning of the protests in March 2011.

In its update, based on interviews, to the Council in May, the Commission of Inquiry said that the Syrian Government has so far not provided it with access to the country. It noted that gross human rights violations continue unabated, amid increasing militarization of the strife there, despite an earlier agreement by parties to the conflict to halt hostilities.

In addition, it said that most of the serious violations were committed by the Syrian army and security services as part of military or search operations in locations thought to host defectors or armed people, and those seen as supporters of anti-government armed groups. It also noted that it had received several reports stating that anti-government armed groups were committing human rights abuses.

Syrian Uprising 2011 Information Centre:

 6 2012
ALEPPO (01/06/2012): We told you earlier in the week that we thought al-Houla was a turning point and there certainly seems to have been a big turnout today. Be sure to check out the map later with links to today’s videos. Meanwhile, here is one of the protests in Aleppo today: “God salute the Free Syrian Army… Oh people of Damascus, here in Aleppo the regime has fallen.” Syrian Observatory for Human Rights: Inhuman treatment of dead bodies by Syrian troops. Video footage.

 Idlib – A leaked video from the town of al-Barra, Idlib, shows gruesome images of members of the Syrian armed forces driving a tank over the body of a defected rebel fighter. This is further evidence of the monstrous way the Syrian forces deal with activists, opposition members and rebels, even after death!

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights strongly condemns this desecration of human remains by the Syrian regime. We demand that the Syrian authorities return the bodies of all those it has killed without them being desecrated or deformed, so that their families and Syria may at least have some peace in burying its dead. The SOHR demands that all those responsible for this immoral action, all the way through the chain of command, be brought to justice for this atrocious act that goes so far as to question the nature of humanity. Foreign Secretary: el-Houla atrocities “must be investigated”: FCO London, 1 June 2012 – Foreign Secretary William Hague has welcomed the Human Rights Council’s resolution on Syria today…

“Human Rights Council is sending a clear message to the Assad regime that their barbarity will not go unchallenged”

Syria protests (STR/AFP/Getty images)British Ambassador to the UN in Geneva Karen Pierce delivered the UK intervention at the Human Rights Council on 1 June. Foreign Secretary discusses “desperate need for a political solution in Syria”: Foreign Secretary William Hague met members of Syrian opposition groups, UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon and today in Istanbul. … NOW! Lebanon [local time]  21:53 The Syrian army is shelling the Homs neighborhood of Jourat as-Shiyah and several other neighborhoods in the Homs Old Town area, Al-Arabiya reported.  21:24 The United Nations said Friday the Syrian government has released 223 prisoners, but stressed that many more must still be freed.  21:12 The Free Syrian Army on Friday announced it was resuming “defensive operations” after the expiry of its ultimatum for the regime to respect international envoy Kofi Annan’s six-point peace plan.  21:10 Syria’s death toll rose to 49 people killed by security forces, Al-Jazeera quoted activists as saying.  20:06 In a graphic video posted to YouTube on Friday by the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a Syrian tank was seen running over the body of a dissident fighter.  19:42 The UN Human Rights Council ordered Friday an independent probe into the massacre in the Syrian town of Houla in order to bring those responsible for the slaughter to justice.  19:27 Syria’s Friday death toll reached 37 people killed by security forces, activists told Al-Arabiya.  19:26 The Russian Foreign Ministry on Friday blamed the Houla massacre, in which 108 people were killed, on foreign assistance to Syrian rebels, including arms deliveries and mercenary training.  18:01 US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton charged Friday that Russia has continued to supply arms to the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, raising “serious concerns” in the United States.  16:46 UN rights chief Navi Pillay said on Friday the massacre in the Syrian town of Houla could be a crime against humanity and warned the entire region could be in danger unless the peace plan holds.  16:38 International peace envoy Kofi Annan said on Friday he was “frustrated” over the bloodshed in Syria and urged President Bashar al-Assad to take bold steps to speed up an end to the violence.  16:34 The opposition Syrian National Council on Friday accused Iran of “interference in Syrian affairs” by providing Damascus with military aid, and called for an Arab League and UN probe.  16:18 British Foreign Secretary William Hague said Friday Syria was on the verge of a civil war and risks collapse into sectarian strife, after meeting members of the Syrian opposition based in Istanbul.  16:18 British Foreign Secretary William Hague said Friday Syria was on the verge of a civil war and risks collapse into sectarian strife, after meeting members of the Syrian opposition based in Istanbul, AFP reported.  15:58 Russian President Vladimir Putin warned Friday that Syria could be on the brink of a civil war but underlined his opposition to military intervention to stop the bloodshed.  15:54 A YouTube video purportedly filmed on Friday shows a massive protest in the Aleppo town of Bustan al-Qasr. Protesters are chanting in support of the people of Homs.  15:52 A YouTube video purportedly filmed on Friday shows hundreds of protesters in the Hama town of Al-Latamina. Protesters are chanting, “We will only kneel before God.”  15:50 A YouTube video purportedly filmed on Friday shows a massive anti-regime protest in the Homs town of Al-Qaryatayn. Protesters are urging the Arab people to help them.  15:49 A YouTube video purportedly filmed on Friday shows a massive anti-regime protest in the town of Zamalka near Damascus.  15:48 A YouTube video purportedly filmed on Friday shows hundreds of protesters in the Damascus neighborhood of Al-Midan. Protesters are chanting in support of the Homs town of Houla.  15:48 Syrian forces on Friday opened fire on a protest in Aleppo; killing five people and wounding others, Al-Arabiya television quoted the Local Coordination Committees as saying.  15:47 A YouTube video purportedly filmed on Friday shows a massive anti-regime protest in the Deir az-Zour town of Al-Hamidiyeh.  15:46 A YouTube video purportedly filmed on Friday shows an anti-regime protest in Deir az-Zour.  15:45 Syrian regime forces opened fire on protesters in the Douma area near the capital on Friday, activists said, as monitors reported that at least six people were killed in violence across the country.  15:42 A YouTube video purportedly filmed on Friday shows a massive protest in the Daraa town of Basra al-Sham. Protesters are chanting for the Free Syrian Army.  15:40 A YouTube video purportedly filmed on Friday shows dozens of protesters in the Daraa town of Al-Tayba. Protesters are chanting against President Bashar al-Assad.  15:39 A YouTube video purportedly filmed on Friday shows an anti-regime protest in the Homs town of Houla.  15:36 A YouTube video purportedly filmed on Friday shows an anti-regime protest in the Aleppo town of Menbej. Protesters are chanting “[President] Bashar al-Assad and the Syrian army are traitorous.”  15:35 A YouTube video purportedly filmed on Friday shows dozens of protesters in the Edleb town of Al-Rakaya. Protesters are chanting “God, we only have You by our side.”  15:34 Syrian army on Friday shelled Al-Rastan, Al-Jazeera television quoted the Local Coordination Committees as saying.  15:32 A YouTube video purportedly filmed on Friday shows a massive anti-regime protest in the Dara town of Kherbet Ghazala.  15:30 A YouTube video purportedly filmed on Friday shows an anti-regime protest in the Daraa town of Al-Neiameh. Protesters are chanting for the Homs town of Houla and holding up pictures of people who were killed by the Syrian security forces.  15:26 A YouTube video purportedly filmed on Friday shows an anti-regime protest in the Daraa town of Al-Harra. Protesters are chanting “The Syrian army is traitorous.”  15:25 A YouTube video purportedly filmed on Friday shows dozens of protesters in the Edleb town of Kafr Arouk.  15:23 A YouTube video purportedly filmed on Friday shows hundreds of protesters in the Edleb town of Sermeen. Protesters are chanting “The people want the execution of the president, [Bashar al-Assad].”  13:59 Security forces opened fire as tanks stormed Abu Kamal, injuring some people. (S.N.N.)  13:58 Anti-regime protests began in Khan Shaykhun, Al-Habeet, Madaya, Al-Rakaya, Kafrsajna, Heesh, Maar Zeita, Jabala, Sheikh Dames, Maaret Horma, Abdeen and Kafr Ain near Edleb. (S.N.N.)  13:57 Anti-regime protests began in Aleppo’s neighborhoods of Al-Safira and Al-Fardous. (S.N.N.)  13:57 An anti-regime protest began in Latakia’s neighborhood of Al-Raml al-Janoubi. (S.N.N.)  13:56 An anti-regime protest began in Daraa’s neighborhood of Al-Sabeel. (S.N.N.)  13:56 An anti-regime protest began in Daraa’s town of Basr al-Harir. (S.N.N.)  13:55 An anti-regime protest began in Kaswa near Damascus. (S.N.N.)  13:55 Syrian security forces opened fire to disperse an anti-regime protest in the Jawbar neighborhood of Damascus, Al-Jazeera reported on Friday.  13:54 Security forces open fire on anti-regime protesters in Aleppo’s neighborhood of Tareek al-Bab. (S.N.N.)  13:54 An anti-regime protest began in Latakia’s town of Doreen. (S.N.N.)  13:53 Al-Jazeera is broadcasting live images showing an anti-regime protest in the Al-Shaar neighborhood in Aleppo.  13:53 An anti-regime protest began in Maardas near Hama. (S.N.N.)  13:52 An anti-regime protest began in Damascus’ neighborhood of Al-Salehiya. (S.N.N.)  13:51 An anti-regime protest began in Tal Refaat near Aleppo. (S.N.N.)  13:51 Syrian security forces opened fire to disperse a protest at the Al-Hanabila mosque in the Damascus neighborhood of Al-Salihiyya, Al-Jazeera reported on Friday.  13:50 Anti-regime protests began in Aleppo’s neighborhoods of Al-Maysr and Al-Zahraa. (S.N.N.)  13:49 Al-Arabiya is broadcasting live footage showing an anti-regime demonstration in the neighborhood of Al-Tadamon in Damascus.  13:49 Anti-regime protests began in Latakia’s Achrafieh neighborhood. (S.N.N.)  13:48 An anti-regime protest began in Jableh. (S.N.N.)  13:47 Security forces opened fire on anti-regime protesters in Aleppo’s neighborhood of Khalidiyeh. (S.N.N.)  13:46 An anti-regime protest began in Teebat al-Imam near Hama. (S.N.N.)  13:45 An anti-regime protest began in Baynun near Aleppo. (S.N.N.)  13:44 Syria and the entire region are in danger if a full-fledged conflict erupts in the country, UN rights chief Navi Pillay warned on Friday as she urged a probe into the Houla massacre.  13:43 Security forces opened fire on anti-regime protesters in Aleppo’s neighborhood of Al-Chaar. (S.N.N.)  13:42 Syrian security forces surrounded most of Jabala and Latakia mosques, Al-Jazeera reported on Friday.  13:42 Heavy gunfire targets houses in Hrasta and Duma in the Damascus district, Al-Jazeera reported on Friday.  13:42 An anti-regime protest began in in Aleppo’s neighborhood of Al-Mashahd. (S.N.N.)  13:41 An anti-regime protest began in Eldeb’s Taftnaz. (S.N.N.)  13:40 An anti-regime protest began in Aleppo’s neighborhood of Al-Ansari. (S.N.N.)  13:39 An anti-regime protest began in Aleppo’s neighborhood of Al-Bab. (S.N.N.)  13:38 An anti-regime protest began in Damascus’ neighborhood of Khaled bin al-Waleed. (S.N.N.)  13:37 An anti-regime protest began in Homs’ neighborhood of Al-Waer. (S.N.N.)  13:36 An anti-regime protest began in Menj near Aleppo. (S.N.N.)  13:35 An anti-regime protest began in Al-Dameer near Damascus. (S.N.N.)  13:34 An anti-regime protest began in Homs’ town of Al-Qaryatayn. (S.N.N.)  13:34 An anti-regime protest began in Daraa’s town of Al-Yaduda. (S.N.N.)  13:33 An anti-regime protest began in Aleppo’s neighborhood of Khalidiyeh. (S.N.N.)  13:33 Security forces opened fire on anti-regime protesters in Aleppo’s neighborhoods of Al-Sukri and Bustan al-Qasr and in Daraa’s Sheikh Maskeen. (S.N.N.)  13:33 An anti-regime protest began in Aleppo’s neighborhood of Khalidiyeh. (S.N.N.)  13:32 Anti-regime protests began in Dabeq, Manbej, Marea, Tal Gabeen and Kafr Hamra near Aleppo. (S.N.N.)  13:31 An anti-regime protest began in Aleppo’s neighborhood of Al-Chaar. (S.N.N.)  13:30 An anti-regime protest began in Latakia’s neighborhood of Al-Saliba. (S.N.N.)  13:28 Sounds of explosions and heavy gunfire heard in the town of Tassil in Daraa, Al-Jazeera reported on Friday.  13:25 A YouTube video purportedly filmed on Friday shows an anti-regime protest in the Al-Marjeh neighborhood of Aleppo.  13:23 An anti-regime protest kicked off in the Aleppo neighborhood of Bustan al-Qasr. (S.N.N.)  13:20 An anti-regime protest kicked off in Al-Reqqa. (S.N.N.)  13:19 Al-Arabiya is broadcasting live images on Friday showing an anti-regime protest in Deir az-Zour.  13:18 Al-Jazeera broadcasts live footage on Friday showing an anti-regime protest in Aleppo.  13:18 An anti-regime protest started in Aleppo’s Al-Sikari neighborhood. (S.N.N.) 13:17 An anti-regime protest started in Salah al-Din neighborhood in Aleppo. (S.N.N.)  13:16 An anti-regime protest kicked off in Aleppo’s Hayyan. (S.N.N.)  13:14 Heavy gunfire heard in the town of Al-Atareb in Aleppo, Al-Jazeera quoted activists as saying on Friday.  13:12 Al-Jazeera television is broadcasting live footage of an anti-regime protest in Daraa al-Balad.  13:04 A new anti-regime protest started in Ali Ben Abi Taleb’s mosque in Deir az-Zour’s Abu Kamal. (S.N.N.)  13:03 An anti-regime protest kicked off in Deir az-Zour’s Abu Kamal. (S.N.N.)  12:58 Syrian forces killed seven people on Friday, Al-Arabiya television quoted the Local Coordination Committees as saying.  12:57 Al-Jazeera broadcasts live footage on Friday showing an anti-regime demonstration in Al-Qamishli.  12:33 12 Syrian workers were killed in new “massacre”, activists told AFP on Friday.  12:19 Syrian activists threatened a “volcano of rage” on Friday over the killing of civilians by government forces as a deadline set by rebel fighters passed for Damascus to honor a UN-backed ceasefire.  12:07 An anti-regime protest began in Kobani. Protesters are chanting for overthrowing the regime. (S.N.N.)  11:57 The UN Human Rights Council will on Friday debate a call for an independent probe into the massacre in the Syrian town of Houla that triggered global horror and outrage.  10:36 Germany on Friday urged Russia to curb its support for Damascus, ahead of President Vladimir Putin’s visit to Berlin and Paris that is set to be dominated by the escalating Syrian crisis.  10:12 Syrian security forces’ tanks raided the town of Dael in Daraa, Al-Arabiya quoted activists as saying on Friday.  9:09 President Vladimir Putin is expected to face pressure for Russia to drop its resistance to UN action on Syria when he meets the leaders of two of Europe’s key powers on Friday.  8:32 US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said Thursday that any military action in Syria would need backing from the United Nations, but called recent violence “intolerable.”  7:53 China and Arab nations Thursday jointly urged Syria’s warring parties to fully implement a tattered UN and Arab League ceasefire plan. … Reuters: France fails to shift Russia’s Syria sanctions veto – PARIS – France’s new president, Francois Hollande, failed to win the backing of Russia’s Vladimir Putin on Friday for tougher U.N. sanctions aimed at ending violence in Syria. […] BBC: UN calls for Houla investigation The victims of the massacre in Houla are laid to rest in a mass grave (28 May 2012)  The UN Human Rights Council calls for an investigation into the killing of more than 100 civilians at Houla, and condemns Syria for the massacre.

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