Friday 14 September 2012
Syrian Observatory for Human Rights: Final death toll for Friday 14/9/2012: More than 160 Syrians killed. The dead: 111 unarmed civilians (including 11 children), 17 unidentified bodies, 10 rebel fighters, 3 defected soldier, and 19 members of the Syrian armed forces. 111 Unarmed civilians (11 of them children):
Aleppo: 25 civilians were killed amongst them a woman who died due to regime bombardment on al-Sukkary neighborhood. A Civilian was killed by sniper shots in al-Salheen neighborhood. Five civilians (including one child) were killed due to regime bombardment on the neighborhoods of Bustan al-Qasr, al-Sukkary, al-Zabdiyya, and al-Sakan al-Shababi. A civilian was killed by sniper shots in the Bustan al-Zahra neighborhood. A woman’s corpse was found in Salah il-Deen neighborhood, along with three other unidentified corpses found in the Salah il-Deen neighborhood. Three corpses were pulled out from under the rubble (one of which a woman) after regime bombardment on al-Halwaniyye neighborhood in Aleppo several days ago. Seven civilians (among them three women) were were killed after bombardment on the city of al-Bab. A civilian from the town of Deir Hafer was shot by regime forces after he had been detained two months ago. A civilian was killed after suffering from gun wounds in the town of al-Safeera. A civilian from the city of Jarablus was shot by regime forces while traveling to Damascus.
**Reports have surfaces about seventeen unidentified corpses being found in al-A’athamiyya neighborhood in Aleppo.**Deir Izzour: 21 civilians were killed. Four of which were killed after bombardment on the town of al-Qooriyye. 9 civilians (among them one woman) were killed after bombardment on the town of al-Bukamal and areas surrounding it. Four civilians (including two women) were killed after regime bombardment on the town of Buqrus in Reef Deir Izzour. A civilian was killed from wounds suffered due to bombardment on the town of al-Jala’ in Reef Deir Izzour. Three civilians (including a woman) from the town of Mohassan were killed after bombardment on Damascus neighborhoods.
Reef Dimashq: 21 civilians were killed. Two civilians died due to regime fire on the town of Duma. Two civilians (one man and one woman) were killed from wounds they suffered after regime forces had stormed al-Mazra’a neighborhood in the town of Harasta yesterday. A civilian was killed due to bombardment on the town of Artouz. A civilian was killed due to sniper shots in the town of al-Thiyabiya. Two civilians were killed due to regime fire in al-Sayida Zainab area. Five civilians were killed in the town of Yalda; one of whom due to regime bombardment and the other four from regime fire. Seven civilians were killed by regime fire in the town of al-Hjeira. An unidentified corpse was found with torture marks in the town of Qatna.
Daraa: 17 civilians were killed. Twelve civilians (four women, six children, and two men) died due to bombardment on houses in the town of Busra al-Sham where regime forces used helicopters. Three civilians from the towns of Nowa, Naseeb, and Inkhil were killed by armed men working for the government in the city of Damascus. Two corpses found in al-Hajar al-Aswad neighborhood in Damascus have been identified as civilians from the town of Qarfa in Daraa.
Idlib: 6 civilians were killed. One of whom from the town of Hazano died due to torture. A civilian from the town of Haas was killed by armed men working for the government in Damascus. Two civilians were killed due to bombardment on the towns of Koreen and Kansafra. A civilian was killed from wounds received due to bombardment on the town of Mi’rat il-Ni’man. A civilian from the town of Kily was killed by sniper shots in the town of Aleppo.
Damascus: 10 civilians were killed. One civilian died due to sniper shots in the neighborhood of al-Essali. Five civilians from al-Qadam neighborhood were killed; one’s corpse was found, another died due to bombardment, and the other three were shot by regime forces. Two civilians were killed due to bombardment on the neighborhood of Jurat al-Shreibati in Damascus.
Hama: 5 civilians were killed. One civilian was killed by regime forces after storming the village of Khunfuseen. A civilian from the town of Hilfaya was killed under torture after he was detained by regime forces. A woman died due to wounds she suffered from regime bombardment on the town of Khatamlo. A civilian from the village of al-Zaka’ was shot by regime forces in military barracks in Reef Hama. A civilian from al-Wa’iq neighborhood was killed by armed men working for the government in Reef Aleppo.
Homs: 2 civilians were killed. In the city of al-Qaseer a woman who died due to sniper shots. A child from from Deir Ba’alba neighborhood was killed after regime bombardment.
Lattakia: 4 civilians were killed. A woman and three children died due to regime bombardment on the town of Knisba in Reef Lattakia.
Eight names have been verified; five of which from yesterday’s bombardment on the town of al-Bab, and three from bombardments on several neighborhoods in Aleppo over the past few days.
10 Rebel fighters:
Aleppo province: Three rebel fighters were killed after clashes with regime forces in Aleppo.
Deir Izzor province: 3 rebels killed.1 rebel was killed by the bombardment on al-Bukamal. A rebel commander from Deir Izzour was killed due to clashes with regime forces in the town of al-Shadadi in Reef al-Hasaka. A rebel fighter was killed after clashes with government forces in Deir Izzour.
Idlib province: Two rebel fighters were killed after clashes with regime forces in the town of Abu al-Thuhoor.
Homs province: 2 rebels killed. A rebel was ambushed by regime forces in the city of al-Qaseer. A rebel fighter was killed after clashes in the town of Jobar.
Three defected soldiers were killed after clashes with regime forces in Reef Homs, Aleppo, and Reef Dimashq.
At least 19 regime forces were killed after their cars were targeted, and from clashes in the provinces of Damascus, Reef Dimashq, Aleppo, and Daraa
British Syrians & Friends in Solidarity with the Syrian Revolution: How can we even begin to describe this vicious scene. Amid the dirty language used and the unbearable use of violence on this young man’s battered body they shout & mock him “So you want freedom? Who is your God? bashar is your God! Say it bashar is your God!” This is not an isolated scene! This takes place daily. There are 300,000 missing & detained civilians! This is brutal: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x1qHjeYhlOk
We are all Hamza Alkhateeb: ”An inability moment”, they are watching a young boy dying before their eyes and they can’t help him
European Parliament News: Syria: further militarisation can only bring greater suffering
PLENARY SESSION External relations ? 13-09-2012 – 12:56Further militarisation of the Syrian conflict can only bring greater suffering to the Syrian people, say MEPs in a resolution voted on Thursday. It would also have unpredictable implications and consequences for the security and stability of the entire region, they add.
MEPs call on all armed parties to the conflict to put an immediate end to violence in Syria, and deplore the failure of the UN Security Council to act. They underline that the EU must stand ready to explore all “responsibility to protect” options within the Security Council and call on the EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton to do her utmost to exert effective diplomatic pressure on Russia and China.
MEPs are deeply concerned at the gravity of Syria’s rapidly-deteriorating humanitarian situation. The Syrian regime should allow humanitarian assistance and full access to humanitarian organisations, they say, applauding the efforts of neighbouring countries – Turkey, Lebanon and Jordan – in hosting and providing humanitarian relief to refugees from Syria.
They support calls for safe havens along Turkey’s border with Syria, and humanitarian corridors to be created by the international community. They also call on EU member states to take appropriate responsible measures to deal with anyl influx of refugees and ask them to support Syria’s neighbours.
Unify the opposition
The Syrian regime has lost all credibility and legitimacy as a representative of the Syrian people and Bashar al-Assad has no place in Syria’s future and should step aside immediately, says the text.
If the opposition forces can establish an inclusive and representative provisional government, this could contribute to a credible alternative, MEPs argue. They urge Catherine Ashton and EU member states to make every effort to unify the Syrian opposition, pointing to the persistent internal divisions and tension within it.
The resolution was approved by a show of hands.
Procedure: Motions for resolutions REF. : 20120907IPR50825
Syria’s neighbours must ensure stranded refugees are allowed … www.amnesty.org/en/news/syria-refugees-2012-09-14
[local time] 20:46 Friday’s death toll has increased to 97, Al-Arabiya quoted activists as saying.
19:27 Soldiers used explosives against protesters in the central city of Hama, wounding several people as demonstrators took to the streets on Friday to call for the fall of the regime, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.
16:30 Thousands of Syrian schools have been destroyed and hundreds are being used as shelter, the United Nations said Friday as it struggles to prepare for the start of the school year.
16:25 Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki on Friday urged a Syrian opposition delegation in Baghdad to learn from the experiences of Iraq, where a new political system was established during years of violence.
16:10 Syrian regime forces on Friday used fighter jets and helicopter gunships to pound the city and province of Aleppo, where fierce clashes raged around a military airport, monitors said.
15:37 Hollywood star Angelina Jolie on Friday said she was concerned about the plight of Syrian refugees fleeing the unrest in their conflict-torn country with no end in sight to the violence.
14:24 Syria is showing “contempt” towards the UN atomic watchdog by refusing to cooperate over a suspected undeclared reactor destroyed by Israel in 2007, the US envoy to the agency said Friday.
13:59 Anti-regime protests took place in the Al-Forqan and Tariq al-Bab neighborhoods in Aleppo following Friday Muslim prayer. (S.N.N)
13:57 A protest calling for the fall of the regime of President Bashar al-Assad and in support of the rebel Free Syrian Army kicked-off in Al-Khalidiya neighborhood in Aleppo. (S.N.N)
13:56 An anti-regime protest took place in Masyaf Salma in the Latakia district. (S.N.N)
13:44 A protest condemning the “massacres” committed by the Syrian regime kicked off in the Qadi Aaskar neighborhood in Aleppo. (S.N.N)
13:44 An anti-regime protest kicked off in the Boustan al-Qasr neighborhood in Aleppo. (S.N.N)
13:43 An anti-regime protest in support of the rebel Free Syrian Army took place in the town of Telbiseh in Homs. (S.N.N)
13:43 Several anti-regime protests kicked-off in the towns of Al-Abzamo, Anjara, Batbou and Al-Jine in the Aleppo district. (S.N.N)
13:40 An anti-regime protest kicked off in Al-Qousour neighborhood of Hama after Friday prayers. (S.N.N)
13:40 An anti-regime protest took place near the mosque of the town of Al-Yadouda in Daraa. (S.N.N)
13:37 An anti-regime protest kicked off in the town of Halfaya in the Hama district. (S.N.N)
13:37 A protest condemning the indiscriminate shelling of Syrian towns by regime forces took place in the town of Tadef in the Aleppo district. (S.N.N)
13:37 A protest calling for the fall of the regime of President Bashar al-Assad took place in the town of Artab in the Aleppo district. (S.N.N)
13:36 Several anti-regime protests kicked off in Harasta in the Damascus district. (S.N.N)
13:36 An anti-regime protest kicked off in the Al-Waaer neighborhood in Homs. (S.N.N)
13:33 An anti-regime protest took place near Al-Farouq mosque in the town of Nahita in Daraa. (S.N.N)
13:32 Anti-regime protests kicked off in the towns of Al-Bab and the town of Ratyan in the Aleppo district. (S.N.N)
13:26 An anti-regime protest started near Al-Houda mosque in the town of Enkhel in Daraa. (S.N.N)
13:23 Anit-regime protests kicked off in the towns of Jabal al-Zawiya in Edleb. (S.N.N)
13:20 An anti-regime protest kicked off in Daraa’s Enkhel. (S.N.N)
13:11 Heavy shelling by Syrian security forces targeted Dael in Daraa, Al-Arabiya quoted activists as saying.
12:36 A Syrian opposition chief will visit China from Sunday to hold talks on an end to the violence in the war-torn nation and a Syrian-led political transition, Beijing said.
12:33 Syrian regime forces heavily shelled Al-Zabadani in the Damascus district, Al-Jazeera quoted activists as saying.
11:41 An explosion rocked the town of Douma in the Damascus district, Al-Jazeera quoted activists as saying.
11:17 Syrian regime forces killed 14 people on Friday, Al-Arabiya television quoted activists as saying.
10:53 Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Friday the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad was nearing its “inevitable” end despite violence threatening the entire region. ?
10:13 Syrian regime forces shelled the town of Al-Rastan in Homs on Friday, the Shaam News Network said.
UNITED NATIONS – International peace envoy Lakhdar Brahimi is due to meet with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on Saturday, the United Nations said, as he tries to find a way to end the country’s 18-month conflict, which has killed thousands.
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Syrian regime forces on Friday used fighter jets and helicopter gunships to pound the city and province of Aleppo, where fierce clashes raged around a military airport, monitors said.
Fighter jets bombarded the rebel-held towns of Al-Bab and Marea near Aleppo city, said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, adding that army forces and rebels battled around Minnigh military airport.
Rebels have staged multiple attacks on military airports in past weeks, focusing on the eastern province of Deir Ezzor, Idlib in the northwest and Aleppo, the key battleground province of northern Syria.
As the army has increasingly employed fighter jets and helicopters in its attacks, the rebel Free Syrian Army has made military airports a strategic target, an FSA spokesman told AFP on Thursday.
Despite shelling by regime forces, as seen in videos posted online, residents of Marea, Aleppo city and towns across the northern province came out for anti-regime demonstrations after the weekly Muslim prayers, activists said.
The demonstrations were held under the slogan “Idlib: Cemetery of the planes and symbol of victory.”
Demonstrations were also reported in the provinces of Damascus, Idlib, Daraa in the south and Hama in central Syria where an unknown number of protesters were killed as regime forces opened fire in Hama city, the Observatory said.
In the central Aleppo district of Midan, regime forces carried air strikes on two police stations which the rebels had taken over, according to Observatory director Rami Abdel Rahman.
“Whenever the rebels take a police station, the regime destroys them,” Abdel Rahman told AFP by phone. “Now no one controls these posts,” he said, adding that “regime forces have deployed throughout Midan to try and push out the rebels.”
In the Hanano district in the northeast of Aleppo city, air strikes destroyed another police station in the hands of the rebels, Abdel Rahman said.
Just south of Damascus, the army fired live ammunition at an anti-regime demonstration in the Palestinian refugee camp of Yarmuk, according to the Local Coordination Committees — a network of activists on the ground.
Near the capital, at least 15 soldiers were killed or wounded in an attack on their vehicle in the restive town of Douma, where clashes broke out near the municipal building, the Observatory said.
Also in Douma, northeast of Damascus, two civilians were killed as gunfire and army shelling broke out before dawn, while two others, including a woman, were killed in nearby Harasta.
In Damascus itself, three large explosions were heard in the late morning, according to an AFP reporter. The Observatory said that security forces swept its southern districts of Midan and Nahr Aisha.
At least 16 people were killed on Friday, according to the Observatory, with the highest toll in Daraa province where eight civilians, including three children, were killed in air strikes on the town of Bosra al-Sham.
Source Agence France Presse
BEIJING (Reuters) – Members of a Syrian opposition group will visit China next week, China’s Foreign Ministry said on Friday, weeks after an envoy of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s visited, as Beijing steps up diplomacy to help resolve the crisis gripping the country.
China has been keen to show it does not take sides in Syria and has urged the government there to talk to the opposition and take steps to meet demands for political change. It has also said a transitional government should be formed.
Representatives of Syria’s National Coordination Committee for Democratic Change will be in China from September 16-20, China’s Foreign Ministry said. Their last known visit was in February.
Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei said China had always made proactive and constructive efforts to bring about a ceasefire in Syria and start a transition initiated by the Syrian people.
“This visit is part of China’s above mentioned efforts,” Hong told a daily news briefing.
Assad’s envoy, Bouthaina Shaaban, visited in August when China repeated a call for talks between the Syrian government and opposition.
Both China and Russia have vetoed proposed U.N. Security Council resolutions intended to put pressure on Assad. China has repeatedly said it opposes forceful foreign intervention and called for a political solution in Syria.
Last year, China, along with Russia, abstained from a vote on a Security Council resolution authorising a NATO air campaign over Libya, where Muammar Gaddafi was battling insurgents who eventually toppled him.
Beijing later regretted backing the Security Council resolution on Gaddafi’s government which led to NATO expanding intervention that eventually helped topple him, analysts say.
Still, China wooed the Libyan opposition during that conflict, and relations with the new Libyan government have generally been smooth since Gaddafi’s overthrow.
(Reporting by Michael Martina; Writing by Sui-Lee Wee and Ben Blanchard; Editing by Robert Birsel)