Friday 11 May 2012

May 12, 2012 by  
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Three Kurds and an Arabic woman were killed on 9 May on Aleppo by Shabiha and were buried yesterday- 10 May –  in Afrin, Ahmed Osman, Batal Abdo, and Ahmad Kocher. The Arabic woman was Amina Deyab. More than 150,000 went to the funeral. 

Fifteen Kurds were kidnapped by Shabiha and intelligence security on 9 May 2012 as they traveled from Afrin to Aleppo.  Shabiha and security are pushing for ethnic fighting between Arabs and Kurds. Firat News Agency. 

Syrian Uprising 2011 Information Centre: SUMMARY (11/05/2012): At least 16 martyrs have fallen today, mostly in Hama countryside, as the world continues to behave like an ostrich with it’s head in the sand. Nevermind that Syrians are still taking to streets across the country to demand freedom and justice. “Al-Qaeda” is the latest distraction. and right on schedule, what a surprise, another bomb attack in Aleppo, and just hours after the regime’s agents had not so miraculously stopped an alleged suicide bomber in the city. Meanwhile, if you want to teach someone a lesson about strength and determination, just show them the protests of Homs today. Syria – Friday 11/05/2012 – Google Maps

NOW! Lebanon
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 21:36 A large explosion went off near an office of the ruling Baath party in Syria’s second city of Aleppo on Friday evening, said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.
 21:24 Two big explosions rocked the Al-Katef neighborhood of Boukamal amid heavy machinegun fire. (S.N.N.)
 21:22 Lebanon’s Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah accused the US, Israel and some Arab states of stoking “terrorism” in Syria, during a speech broadcast to thousands of his supporters in southern Beirut.
 20:57 Syrian security forces shot at rescue workers tending to injured civilians in Hama’s Sahel al-Ghab. (S.N.N.)
 20:26 Syrian security forces heavily shelled Khan Shaykhoun in Edleb. (S.N.N.)
 20:24 An anti-regime protest kicked off in the Aleppo town of Aazaz. (S.N.N.)
 19:00 Syria’s authorities have refused to submit a report on torture in the country to a United Nations committee scheduled to discuss the situation there next week, its secretary said on Friday.
 18:57 Military vehicles belonging to Syrian security forces stormed the Damascus neighborhood of Al-Qadam, casualties have been reported. (S.N.N.)
 18:56 Syrian security forces heavily deployed in Aartouz near Damascus and prevented people from travelling to the capital. (S.N.N.)
 18:10 A YouTube video purportedly filmed on Friday in Al-Zabadani near Damascus shows two anti-Syrian regime demonstrations joining up at a street junction.
 17:54 A third anti-regime protest took place in the Jawbar neighborhood of Damascus calling for the execution of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. (S.N.N.)
 17:42 An anti-regime protest kicked off in the Latakia town of Ain Labqantra. (S.N.N.)
 17:14 Syrian forces on Friday arbitrarily opened fire on Hama’s Al-Qousour and Al-Arbaeen neighborhoods, Al-Arabiya television quoted the General Commission of the Syrian Revolution as saying.
 17:06 An anti- regime protest kicked off in Aleppo’s neighborhood of Sheikh Fares. (S.N.N.)
 16:58 A YouTube video purportedly filmed on Friday in Edleb shows anti-Syrian regime protesters chanting: “God is great, God is great.”
 16:46 Syrian troops killed a would-be suicide bomber in the northern city of Aleppo on Friday, a day after a devastating bomb blasts in Damascus, state television reported.
 16:34 A YouTube video purportedly filmed on Friday in Hama shows anti-Syrian regime protesters chanting in support of the Syrian uprising.
 16:29 An anti-regime protest started in the city of Sayyeda Zaynab near Damascus. (S.N.N.)
 16:01 Security forces opened gunfire in Homs’ neighborhood of Bab al-Dareeb. (S.N.N.)
 16:00 An anti-regime protest kicked off in the town of Taouma in Latakia. (S.N.N.)
 15:50 An anti-regime protest kicked off in the city of Halfaya near Hama. (S.N.N.)
 15:45 Syrian forces on Friday raided Edleb’s Kafar Ouwayd. (S.N.N.)
 15:39 A YouTube video purportedly filmed on Friday in Amouda shows anti-Syrian regime protesters chanting in support of the towns of Qamishli, Hama, Homs, and Edleb.
 15:39 A YouTube video purportedly filmed on Friday in Homs Al-Waar shows anti-regime protesters chanting in support of the Syrian uprising. One protester is shown holding a placard saying: “The bombings carried out by [Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s] Shabiha [thugs] will not prevent us from protesting and preserving our revolution.”
 15:39 A YouTube video purportedly filmed on Friday in the Homs neighborhood of Al-Qaryatayn shows anti-regime protesters chanting in support of the uprising.
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 18:57 Military vehicles belonging to Syrian security forces stormed the Damascus neighborhood of Al-Qadam, casualties have been reported. (S.N.N.)
 18:56 Syrian security forces heavily deployed in Aartouz near Damascus and prevented people from travelling to the capital. (S.N.N.)
 15:31 Syrian forces opened fire on protesters in Shuqba near Damascus. (S.N.N.)
 15:14  Syrian forces on Friday raided the Daf al-Shouk area in Damascus. (S.N.N.)
 15:11 Friday’s death toll in Syria reached 13 people, Al-Jazeera quoted activists as saying.
 15:07 A YouTube video purportedly filmed on Friday in Al-Joura neighborhood in Syria’s Deir az-Zour shows anti-Syrian regime protesters chanting in support of the Syrian uprising.
 15:01 The European Union is set to slap new sanctions on Syria, imposing an assets freeze and visa ban on two firms and three people, EU diplomats said Friday.
 15:00 A YouTube video purportedly filmed on Friday in Aleppo shows anti-Syrian regime protesters chanting in support of Homs and the Free Syrian Army.
 15:00 A YouTube video purportedly filmed on Friday in Deir Az-Zour shows anti-Syrian regime protesters chanting in support of the Syrian uprising.
 14:49 An anti-regime protest kicked off in Al-Sabina near Damascus. (S.N.N.)
 14:48 An anti-regime protest kicked off in the town of Maaraba near Damascus. (S.N.N.)
 14:56 Syrian forces on Friday raided the city of Qamishli in Hasaka. (S.N.N.)

 14:55
 An explosion was heard on Friday in Edleb’s Jisr al-Shoghour. (S.N.N.)
 14:45 Syrian troops opened fire on anti-regime protesters in Damascus on Friday, wounding five people, a monitoring group said.
 14:40 A YouTube video purportedly filmed on Friday in Hama’s Kafr Zeita shows anti-regime protesters chanting in support of the Syrian uprising and Free Syrian Army.
 14:39 An anti-regime protest started in Al-Achrafieh neighborhood of Aleppo. (S.N.N.)
 14:38 Security forces raided Abu Kamal, injuring several people, activists told Al-Jazeera television.
 14:38 An anti-regime protest started in Kanaker near Damascus. (S.N.N.)
 14:37 An anti-regime protest kicked off in Sahel al-Ghab near Hama. (S.N.N.)
 14:37 An anti-regime protest kicked off in Edleb’s Jisr al-Shughour. (S.N.N.)
 14:34 An anti-regime protest started in the Latakia town of Al-Mirayj. (S.N.N.)
 14:31 Two people were killed by security forces’ gunfire in the Hasaka town of Tall Diab, activists were quoted by Al-Arabiya as saying.
 14:29 Anti-regime protests broke out in various towns across Syria on Friday despite a heavy deployment of regime forces, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.
 14:28 An anti-regime protest started in the Jourat al-Shirbyati neighborhood of Damascus. (S.N.N.)
 14:28 An anti-regime protest started in the Homs town of Dar al-Kabira. (S.N.N.)
 14:27 Syrian forces opened fire on protesters in the Aleppo town of Ezaz, Al-Jazeera quoted activists as saying.
 14:25 A YouTube video purportedly filmed on Friday in Edleb’s Maarat Horma shows anti-Syrian regime protesters chanting: “Death rather than humiliation.” The voices of children can be also heard.
 14:25 Many people were injured by security forces’ gunfire during a protest in the Damascus neighborhood of Al-Tadamon, Al-Jazeera reported.
 14:23 Security forces opened fire on protesters in the Damascus area of Al-Tall, Al-Jazeera reported.
 14:21 An anti-regime protest started in Damascus’ Kfar Soussa. (S.N.N.)
 14:19 An anti-regime protest started in Latakia’s Al-Ramal al-Janoubi neighborhood. (S.N.N.)
 14:18 An anti-regime protest started in Aleppo’s Bazaah. (S.N.N.)
 14:18 Security forces opened fire on protesters in the Aleppo area of Salaheddine, Al-Arabiya quoted activists as saying.
 14:17 Security forces injured several protesters in the Damascus neighborhood of Al-Midan, Al-Jazeera reported.
 14:17 Syrian forces are shooting at protesters in the Homs town of Al-Houla, Al-Arabiya quoted activists as saying.
 14:17 An anti-regime protest started in the city of Rastan. (S.N.N.)
 14:16 Anti-regime protests started in Latakia’s Heffa. (S.N.N.)
 14:15 An anti-regime protest started in the Aleppo town of Andan. (S.N.N.)
 14:14 Syrian security forces opened fire on a protest in Helfaya, killing one person and injuring six others, Al-Arabiya quoted activists as saying.
 14:14 Syrian forces attacked worshipers in Edleb’s Maarat an-Naaman. (S.N.N.)
 14:13 Syrian security forces raided the Aleppo neighborhood of Al-Marjeh and arrested dozens of people, Al-Jazeera reported.
 14:12 Syrian security forces surrounded all the mosques in the Latakia city of Jableh, Al-Jazeera quoted activists as saying.
 14:12 An anti-regime protest started in the Deir az-Zour town of Al-Kharita. (S.N.N.)
 14:10 An anti-regime protest started in Damascus’ Al-Mezzeh. (S.N.N.)
 14:10 An anti-regime protest started in Aleppo’s Kafar Naya. (S.N.N.)
 14:10 Security forces opened fire on protesters in the Daraa town of Al-Hara. (S.N.N.)
 14:10 An anti-regime protest kicked off in Aleppo’s Aanjara. (S.N.N.)
 14:09 Al-Jazeera is broadcasting live footage of an anti-regime protest in the Damascus area of Baraza
 14:09  Anti-regime protests started in Al-Reqqa. (S.N.N.)
 14:07 An anti-regime protest started in Hama’s Mourk. (S.N.N.)
 14:07 An anti-regime protest started in Damascus’ Artouz. (S.N.N.)
 14:04 Two people were killed by security forces’ gunfire in the Hasaka town of Ras al-Ayn, Al-Jazeera quoted activists as saying.
 14:04 An anti-regime protests kicked off in the town of Al-Tayani outside Deir az-Zour. (S.N.N.)
 13:58 Anti-regime protests started in the Daraa town of Sheikh Maskeen. (S.N.N.)
 13:58 An anti-regime protest kicked off in Aleppo’s Kafr Nouran. (S.N.N.)
 13:57 An anti-regime protest started in the Daraa town of Aqraba. (S.N.N.)
 13:56 Anti-regime protests kicked off in the Daraa town of Basr al-Harir. (S.N.N.)
 13:56 Anti-regime protest kicked off in Damascus’ Qudsaya neighborhood. (S.N.N.)
 13:56 Anti-regime protest kicked off in Aleppo’s Al-Fardos neighborhood. (S.N.N.)
 13:55 A YouTube video purportedly filmed on Friday in Abu Kamal shows anti-regime protesters chanting in support of the Syrian uprising.
 13:54 Anti-regime protests kicked off in Al-Saliba neighborhood of Latakia. (S.N.N.)
 13:48 An anti-regime protest started in the Damascus neighborhood of Al-Tadamon. (S.N.N.)
 13:48 An anti-regime protest kicked off in the town of Khattab near Hama. (S.N.N.)
 13:47 An anti-regime protest kicked off in the Damascus’ Al-Midan neighborhood. (S.N.N.)
 13:47 An anti-regime protest started in the Tariq al-Bab neighborhood of Aleppo. (S.N.N.)
 13:46 An anti-regime protest kicked off in the Damascus’ Al-Qadam neighborhood. (S.N.N.)
 13:45 An anti-regime protest kicked off in Homs’ Talkalakh. (S.N.N.
 13:45 Anti-regime protest kicked off in Aleppo’s Jameyaat al-Zahar area. (S.N.N.)
 13:40 An anti-regime protest started in the Al-Malaab neighborhood of Homs. (S.N.N.)
 13:40 An anti-regime protest started in Aleppo’s Atarib. (S.N.N.)
 13:39 An anti-regime protest kicked off in Hama’s Teebat al-Imam. (S.N.N.)
 13:38 An anti-regime protest started in Aleppo’s Marea. (S.N.N.)
 13:38 Anti-regime protests started in a number of areas in Aleppo, including Ebeen and Qobtan al-Jabal. (S.N.N.)
 13:37 An anti-regime protest kicked off in Daraa’s Kafar Shamas. (S.N.N.)
 13:37 Iran on Friday condemned the latest deadly bomb blasts to reel its ally Syria in a 14-month-old uprising and accused Western powers of orchestrating them.
 13:36 Anti-regime protests started Al-Qaryatayn, a town near Homs (S.N.N.)
 13:32 An anti-regime protest started in the Daraa town of Khirbet Ghazaleh. (S.N.N.)
 13:31 Gunfire was heard in Daraa’s Taseel. (S.N.N.)
 13:31 An anti-regime protest kicked off in Latakia. (S.N.N.)
 13:30 A YouTube video purportedly filmed on Friday in Damascus’ Al-Asali neighborhood shows anti-regime protesters chanting: “The people want to overthrow you Bashar.” One of the raised banners says: “The bombings in Syria brings to mind the assassinations that targeted Lebanese oppositionists.”
 13:30 Syrian forces on Friday surrounded a number of mosques in the town of Jassem in Daraa to prevent people from protesting. (S.N.N.)
 13:26 An anti-regime protest kicked off in Aleppo’s Al-Sahra. (S.N.N.)
 13:26 Al-Jazeera is broadcasting live footage of an anti-regime protest in Hasaka.
 13:26 An anti- regime protest started in Aleppo’s Al-Bab . (S.N.N.)
 13:24 Security forces opened fire on protesters in Salaheddine neighborhood of Aleppo. (S.N.N.)
 13:23 Al-Jazeera television is broadcasting live footage of a protest against the regime in Deir az-Zour.
 13:23 An anti-regime protest started Aleppo’s Bayanoun. (S.N.N.)
 13:22 An anti- regime protest started in Aleppo’s Ezaz. (S.N.N.)
 13:21 Al-Jazeera television is broadcasting a live footage of an anti-regime protest in Daraa al-Balad.
 13:21 An anti-regime protest started in the eastern town of Abu Kamal. (S.N.N.)
 13:19 An anti-regime protest kicked off in Aleppo’s Dabiq. (S.N.N.)
 13:19 An anti-regime protest kicked off in Aleppo’s Jarablis. (S.N.N.)
 13:17 Security forces on Friday surrounded a number of mosques in the Edleb town of Jabala. (S.N.N.)
 13:14 Anti-regime protests started in Edleb’s Khan Shaykhoun. (S.N.N.)
 13:11 An anti-regime protest kicked off in Hasaka’s Al-Shadadi. (S.N.N.)
 13:10 Explosions and gunfire could be heard after the defection of several troops from the Syrian army in the Edleb town of Al-Maghara, Al-Jazeera reported.
 13:10 Security forces on Friday raided Al-Qaboun neighborhood in Damacus. (S.N.N.)
 13:05 Security forces on Friday surrounded Al-Nabi Mosque in Hasaka’s Al-Shadadi. (S.N.N.)
 13:05 Syrian forces are present in large numbers across Deir az-Zour. (S.N.N.)
 13:01 Security forces started surrounding neighborhoods in Damascus. (S.N.N.) 12:59 Large numbers of people gathered in Azadi Square in the Hasaka town of Ras al-Ayn on Friday and called for freedom and the downfall for the Syrian regime. (S.N.N.)
 12:58 An anti-regime protest kicked off in Hasaka’s Al-Houl. (S.N.N.)
 12:55 An anti-regime protests kicked off in the Hasaka town of Qamishli. (S.N.N.)
 12:52 An anti-regime protest started in Hasaka. (S.N.N.)
 12:31 A YouTube video purportedly filmed on Friday in Sbeineh near Damacus shows anti-Syrian regime protesters chanting against the regime, saying: “There is no god but God… and Assad is the enemy of God.”
 13:09 Syrian security forces raided several towns in the district of Hama, burned houses and waged an arrest campaign, activists told Al-Jazeera.
 13:07 Syrian security forces killed five people on Friday, activists told Al-Jazeera.
 12:43 An anti-regime protest started in the Hasaka town of Al-Qahtaniyeh.  (S.N.N.)
 12:39 Syrian forces on Friday surrounded a number of mosques in the Nahr Aisha neighborhood in Damascus.  (S.N.N.)
 12:37 Syrian forces raided the Al-Arbaeen neighborhood near Damascus. (S.N.N.)
 12:19 Syrian forces were deployed Friday in Damascus’ Kfar Soussa ahead of Friday’s anti-regime protests. (S.N.N.)
 12:09 Syrian security forces on Friday surrounded mosques in Daraa’s Nemer. (S.N.N.)
 11:55 An anti-regime protest kicked off Friday in the Hasaka province town of Darbasiya. (S.N.N.)
 11:12 Syrian forces on Friday raided the towns of Balhassan and Al-Qusayeaa near Hama. (S.N.N.)
 10:30 Syrian forces on Friday raided the city of Deir az-Zour and arrested a number of activists. (S.N.N.)
 9:50 The Syrian regime is trying to destroy the UN-brokered peace plan aimed at ending 14 months of conflict, opposition leader Burhan Ghalioun told reporters in Tokyo on Friday.
 7:30 MORNING LEADER: The UN Security Council on Thursday condemned the deadliest bomb attacks of Syria’s 14-month uprising, urging all sides to stick to an international peace plan after at least 55 people were killed. The Syrian government and opposition traded the blame for the twin suicide bomb attacks in Damascus, which also left nearly 400 people wounded in horrific scenes of carnage.

BBC: ‘Large explosion’ hits Syrian city of Aleppo

A large blast has hit the north Syrian city of Aleppo, opposition sources say, hours after officials said they had foiled a car bomb attack there.

The blast was said to have happened near the local headquarters of the ruling Baath party.

Earlier state television reported the death of a would-be bomber said to have had a 1,200kg device in his car.

On Thursday at least 55 people died in two huge blasts in the capital, Damascus.

Syrian officials say “foreign-backed terrorists” carried out the twin suicide car-bomb attacks, near military intelligence headquarters.

“There is no information until now on the number of victims that fell in the explosion [in Aleppo],” the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights told the Reuters news agency.

Reports of the Friday’s blast, near Aleppo’s central Al-Jabiri square, first emerged from the Observatory.

An activist in Aleppo told Agence France Presse that the blast happened at about 20:45 local time (17:45 GMT).

Earlier, Syrian state TV had reported that an attempted attack had been foiled in the al-Shaar area of Aleppo when security forces killed the would-be bomber.

Activists in the city had dismissed that report as “a lie”.

Opposition figures have accused the government of President Bashar al-Assad of staging bomb attacks in an attempt to discredit them.

Reuters:  Syria says thwarts 1,200 kg car bomb in Aleppo

BEIRUT – Syrian forces foiled an attempted suicide car bombing with 1,200 kg (2,640 pounds) of explosives in the northern city of Aleppo on Friday, state television said, a day after two bombs in the capital Damascus killed at least 55 people.

The would-be bomber was killed in the al Shaar district of Syria’s largest city which, like Damascus, has seen increasing street protests against President Bashar al-Assad and rising levels of bloodshed after months of relative calm.

Twin bombings in southern Damascus killed 55 people and wounded more than 300 on Thursday, the deadliest attacks since the uprising against Assad erupted 14 months ago, inspired by revolts against autocratic rulers elsewhere in the Arab world.

The blasts further undermined a tattered ceasefire agreement repeatedly violated by the army and rebels since it was brokered by international mediator Kofi Annan four weeks ago. The deal has been overseen by nearly 150 unarmed U.N. observers in Syria.

Syria said the attacks showed that it faced foreign-backed terrorism – an argument it made from the start of peaceful protests against Assad in March last year – while the opposition blamed authorities for the blasts.

Syria’s Ikhbariya television showed U.N. monitors inspecting a white mini-van in Aleppo on Friday which an army officer told them had contained enough explosive to kill 500 people. The bloodied body of the van driver lay crumpled in the front seat, behind a windscreen riddled with bullet holes.

The officer told the U.N. observers the driver, who he said was not Syrian, was shot before he could detonate the bombs.

Several hours later, an explosion struck close to the ruling Baath Party headquarters in Aleppo, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. No one was killed by the blast itself but one guard at the headquarters died, apparently in a round of gunfire that followed the explosion, the Observatory said.

There was no claim of responsibility for the Damascus bombings. Syrian authorities blamed foreign-backed terrorists. Opposition activists denied any involvement. Some analysts have speculated that recent bombings could be the work of al Qaeda-linked Islamists with skills honed by years of activity in Iraq.

Protests erupted in several Syrian cities on Friday after weekly Muslim prayers. Opposition activists said security forces fired on demonstrators in Damascus, Homs, Hama and Aleppo.

Video footage that activists said was filmed in Aleppo on Friday showed hundreds of demonstrators marching and chanting “peaceful, peaceful”, before scattering as the sound of gunfire rang out.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said one person was killed at the Aleppo protests and another nine civilians were killed across the country on Friday.

PEACE PLAN “DEAD FROM START”

The opposition Syrian National Council said on Friday Annan’s peace plan had been “dead from the start” because state authorities had not respected the ceasefire, and called for foreign intervention to protect civilians.

“The steps should include the creation of a buffer zone, secured humanitarian aid corridors, a no-fly zone and measures to protect people from violence,” the SNC said in statement.

The bombings in Damascus, it said, had been just one of a series of attempts by Assad’s security forces aimed at scaring off Annan’s international observers.

But Syria’s Lebanese ally Hezbollah said on Friday the blasts showed that Syrians faced a stark choice.

Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah said either they would follow Assad’s “reform program”, which included a parliamentary election boycotted by the opposition, or they would suffer “the suicide bombings which we have seen in Iraq in recent years”.

The observer mission aims to deploy 300 monitors across Syria by the end of May under Annan’s plan, which seeks to end more than a year of bloodshed by disengaging opposing armed forces, launching political dialogue and ensuring free access to Syria for humanitarian aid and journalists.

The United Nations says Syrian forces have killed more than 9,000 people since March last year. Authorities say militants have killed 2,600 soldiers and security force members.

Annan’s April 12 ceasefire initially helped calm the violence, but the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, estimates that 900 people have been killed since then.

Despite skepticism over its prospects of success, world powers are reluctant to write off the monitoring mission.

“I don’t think it’s time yet to say that the mission and the Annan initiative has failed,” Washington’s U.N. ambassador, Susan Rice, said on Thursday.

“Although we’ve been skeptical of the Syrian government’s readiness and willingness to implement its commitments, what Annan is trying to do makes eminent sense and we support it.”

Russia blamed Assad’s opponents for ceasefire violations.

“Some of our foreign partners are doing practical things so that the situation in Syria explodes in literal and figurative sense,” state-run RIA quoted Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov as saying in Beijing on Thursday.

Russia has been a strategic ally and major arms supplier to Syria during its four decades under Assad family rule.

(Additional reporting by Simon Cameron-Moore in Istanbul and Erika Solomon in Beirut; Editing byMyra MacDonald)

Blast hits Syria’s Aleppo near ruling party HQ: 4:33pm EDT
Too early to call U.N.-Syria peace plan failure: U.S.:

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