Friday 3 August 2012
Syrian Observatory for Human Rights: Final report on the documented deaths for 3/8/2012. Approximately 110 Syrians have been reported, and verified, killed on Friday (3/8/2012).
The dead include 75 unarmed civilians, 19 rebel fighters, 2 defected soldiers, and no less than 19 members of the regular armed forces.
75 unarmed civilians:
-Reef Dimashq province12 citizens were killed. including and a citizen was killed by a sniper in the town of Zamalka and another was shot by the forces of order in Duma and an activist was shot dead by the regular forces in the village of A’in Tarma and 2 civilians were killed by the shelling on the town of al-Maliha in rural Damascus(Reef Dimashq). 6 people were also killed in the town of Jdeidat Artouz because of shelling on the town.
-Aleppo province 11 citizens were killed. An unidentified man was killed in the Salaheddin neighbourhood, which suffered from intense gunfire and bombardment. A citizen was killled by injuries sustained earlier in the neighborhood Tareek al-Bab. 2 citizens were killed by the helicopter bombing on the villages of al-Mahdoom and Deir Hafer. A citizen was killed of wounds sustained earlier in the town of al-Atareb. 5 citizens, including two children and two women were killed by the shelling of al-Sahara town. 1 civilian shot dead by a sniper by the troops stationed at the military airport Mengh in reef Halab.
-Damascus province 9 people were killed, six by shootings and clashes in the neighborhood of al-Tadamun the names of three of them were documented: they are the imam of the ‘Abdullah bin al-Zubair’ mosque and his two sons. 2 civilians were shot dead by the forces of order in the neighbourhood of al-Midan and a young man from the neighbourhood Kafarsuseh was found dead in the province of al-Midan.
-Dera’a province 5 people were killed. three of them in the town of Busr al-Hareer, including two by injuries sustained by the shelling of the town yesterday and another was killed today after the bombing of the town. A woman was killed after the shelling of the Yadoudeh town, a citizen of the town of Abotta’ killed by government gunmen in reef Dara’a.
-Idlib province 9 people were killed. A citizen was shot dead by the regular forces in the city of Idlib, two citizens were shot dead by security forces in the town of al-Ghadaka in Reef Idlib.
-Deir Izzor province 3 civilians killed. 2 civilians were shot dead by regular forces in the neighborhood of al-A’reedi. A citizen by the shelling on the neighborhood of al-Hamidiya in Deir Al-Zour.
-Hama province 5 people were killed. 2 children because of shelling on the village of Hurbinfaseh on Thursday at midnight, three citizens in the city of Hama, including a woman due to the shelling of the neighborhood of al-Jarajimeh, citizen shot dead by the government forces in the neighborhood of Wadi Alhawarina, and an unidentified citizen was found in his car in the neighborhood of Salah al-Deen .
15 unidentified citizens were killed by summary executions, seven where killed in the town of al-Huson, Reef Homs, eight were killed in the city of Aleppo
19 Rebel fighters:
Damascus: 3 rebel fighters killed. one of them in clashes with the government forces in the city Douma, another was killed because of a tank shell in the town of Rankous and a rebel fighter from the area of al-Saideh Zainab died in clashes with government forces in the neighborhood of al-Tadamun in Damascus,
Aleppo prov: 4 rebels killed. 3 rebel fighters were killed in clashes with government forces in the neighbourhood of Salaheddin. A rebel fighter was killed in clashes with the military convoy in rural Aleppo.
Dera’a prov: A rebel fighter from the Brigades of the Ghabagheb town in clashes in Damascus.
Idlib prov: 6 rebel fighters were killed after an ambush by regular troops near the village of al-Ganaudiyeh in Reef Idlib.
Deir Izzor prov: 5 fighters killed. 1 of them killed during clashes with the regular troops in the barracks of al-Hajaneh, two during clashes in the town of Mahkan. 1 fighter during clashes with the Department of political security in al-Mayadeen. The name of a fighter killed yesterday was documented, he died in clashes with government forces in the city of al-Mayadeen.
A defected officer, with the rank of Captain, was killed during clashes in Hama; he was the Military commander of the of Abu Abdullah Usman bin Affan battalion in Hama. A defected soldier was shot dead by a military checkpoint in Reef Homs
At least 19 government troops were killid during clashes in the provinces of Deir Izzor, Aleppo, and a Dara’a
[local time] 22:32 Syria’s UN Ambassador Bashar Jaafari said Friday that he and his family had been the target of death threats and had alerted US authorities.
22:29 Syrian opposition fighters will not withdraw from Aleppo, the northern city which has been under attack by regime forces, the head of the opposition Syrian National Council said on Friday.
21:25 Syrian forces shelled the Damascus areas of Kfar Soussa and Daraya, Al-Arabiya television quoted activists as saying.
21:21 Morocco plans to send “substantial humanitarian aid” to help Jordan handle the influx of Syrian refugees fleeing the deadly unrest in their country, official sources in Rabat said on Friday.
20:45 Syrian rebels took over a “political security” post in Al-Mayadeen in Deir az-Zour, Al-Arabiya television quoted activist as saying.
20:37 Friday’s death toll in Syria has risen to 120 people, Al-Arabiya television quoted the Local Coordination Committees as saying.
20:24 Syrian forces shelled the town of Hamouriyah outside Damascus, killing and wounding people, Al-Arabiya television quoted activists as saying.
20:06 Russia expressed serious concern Friday over attempts by Syrian rebels to gain control of Aleppo and condemned foreign nations for providing the armed opposition with military supplies.
19:57 The UN General Assembly overwhelmingly passed a resolution Friday criticizing the Security Council’s failure to act on the Syria conflict, which UN leader Ban Ki-moon said has become a “proxy war.”
19:47 Shabiha affiliated with the Syrian regime killed the Imam of Al-Zabeer Mosque in the Tadamun neighborhood in Damascus, SNN reported. (S.N.N.)
19:26 Syrian rebels took control of the “scientific research” building in Aleppo and detained snipers, Al-Jazeera television quoted activist as saying.
18:41 UN leader Ban Ki-moon said Friday that the Syria conflict has become a “proxy war” and that the international powers must overcome rivalries to end the violence.
18:03 Friday’s death toll in Syria has risen to 105 people, Al-Arabiya television reported.
17:58 Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas strongly condemned on Friday the “heinous” attack on a Palestinian refugee camp in the Syrian capital, which killed 21 civilians.
17:36 Another Syrian brigadier general has crossed the border into Turkey to join the ranks of opposition fighters, bringing the total number of rebel generals in Turkey to 29, a diplomat said Friday.
17:05 The Syrian army raided the Tadamon neighborhood of Damascus, Al-Jazeera television quoted the General Commission of the Syrian Revolution as saying.
17:02 Regime militants killed 10 people in the “Palestine camp” located in Damascus, Al-Arabiya television quoted activists as saying.
16:48 Protesters in Aleppo took to the streets on Friday to demand death for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad even as violence raged between regime forces and rebels, an AFP journalist and rights watchdog said.
16:47 A YouTube video purportedly filmed on Friday shows anti-regime protesters in Al-Hama in Deir az-Zour.
16:45 A YouTube video purportedly filmed on Friday shows anti-regime protesters in the town of Al-Quriya in Deir az-Zour. Some children are seen waving Saudi Arabia’s national flag.
16:13 Stepped up fighting in Syria could create a “gigantic outflow” of people on a previously unseen scale, the UN’s refugee commissioner said on Friday.
16:06 Syrian forces killed four people after 14 soldiers defected in Hama’s airport, Al-Jazeera television quoted activists as saying.
15:55 Friday’s death toll in Syria has risen to 86 people, among them 66 people killed in Hama’s Al-Aarbaeen neighborhood, Al-Arabiya television quoted activists as saying.
15:52 Turkey’s army has begun staging drills at the Syrian border following warnings that it would follow Kurdish rebels across the frontier, the Anatolia news agency reported Friday.
14:50 The Syrian army is shelling the Daraa town of Al-Nahta and the Deir az-Zour town of Al-Kharita. (S.N.N.)
14:50 Russia said Friday that major powers should “urgently” replace former Syria mediator Kofi Annan, who quit his post after blaming a lack of international support for his peace efforts.
14:44 A YouTube video purportedly filmed on Friday shows an anti-regime protest in the Aleppo town of Al-Malaab. Protesters are chanting “We will only kneel before God.”
14:35 An anti-regime protest kicked off in the Soukhour neighborhood of Aleppo calling for the fall of the regime of President Bashar al-Assad. (S.N.N.)
14:33 A YouTube video purportedly filmed on Friday shows an anti-regime protest in the Edleb town of Kafr Nabel.
15:40 The Syrian army shelled the Aleppo neighborhood of Al-Sukari, Al-Jazeera television quoted the General Commission of the Syrian Revolution as saying.
14:32 Anti-regime protests in support of the rebel Free Syrian Army kicked off in the towns of Kafr Halab and Ratyan in Aleppo. (S.N.N.)
15:29 The Syrian army raided Daraa’s Basr al-Harir and clashed with rebels, Al-Jazeera television reported.
14:29 A massive protest kicked off in the Hama neighborhood of Al-Malaab. (S.N.N.)
14:21 Al-Arabiya is broadcasting live footage of an anti-regime protest in the Aleppo neighborhood of Sayf al-Dawla.
14:18 A protest against the regime of President Bashar al-Assad began in the Damascus area of Hajar al-Aswad. (S.N.N.)
14:17 Several people were injured during the Syrian army’s shelling of the Aleppo neighborhoods of Salaheddine and Seif al-Dawla. (S.N.N.)
14:16 The rebel Free Syrian Army on Friday condemned and rejected responsibility for the execution of regime loyalists in the city of Aleppo after a graphic video emerged of the reported killings.
14:15 A massive protest kicked off in the Hama neighborhood of al-Bayyad. (S.N.N.)
14:13 A protest against the regime of Bashar al-Assad began in the Hama town of Khotab. (S.N.N.)
14:12 A massive protest began outside the Saad bin al-Rabih mosque in New Aleppo. (S.N.N.)
14:10 Protests kicked off in the Aleppo neighborhoods of Al-Maghayer and Al-Forqan. (S.N.N.)
13:54 WARNING: A graphic YouTube video purportedly filmed on Thursday shows the aftermath of the shelling that targeted the Yarmuk Palestinian refugee camp in the Syrian capital Damascus.
13:48 The Syrian army’s shelling of Douma left one person dead several others injured, Al-Arabiya quoted activists as saying.
13:48 A massive anti-regime protest kicked off in the Daraa town of Yadouda. (S.N.N.)
13:43 A YouTube video purportedly filmed on Friday shows an anti-regime protest in the Aleppo town of Kobani.
13:40 Al-Jazeera is broadcasting live images showing an anti-regime protest in the Al-Halak neighborhood of Aleppo.
13:38 Syrian security forces are heavily deployed outside the town of Harasta’s mosques. (S.N.N.)
13:35 The Syrian army is shelling the Homs neighborhoods of Al-Khalidiyeh and Jourat as-Shiyah. (S.N.N.)
13:29 Syrian regime forces killed 30 people in Basr al-Harir in Daraa, Al-Arabiya reported.
13:21 Britain’s Foreign Secretary William Hague pledged greater support for Syria’s rebel fighters on Friday, as the battle for the country’s commercial capital Aleppo intensified.
13:16 Seven family members were killed in Syria’s Jisr al-Shoughour, Al-Jazeera reported on Friday.
13:01 Three Russian amphibious assault ships carrying hundreds of armed navy personnel will briefly dock in a Moscow-leased Syrian port in the coming days, Russian news agencies reported on Friday.
12:50 A YouTube video purportedly filmed on Friday shows residents fleeing from the town of Daraa.
12:45 A YouTube video purportedly filmed on Friday shows Syrian army’s shells targeting the city of Rastan.
12:42 The Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) reported on Friday that border guards near Homs’ Tal Kalakh thwarted an attempt made by “armed terrorist groups” to cross to Syria through Lebanon.
12:30 The Syrian army’s airplanes are shelling the Deir az-Zour towns of Mohaymada and Al-Alyan. (S.N.N.)
12:08 62 people killed by security forces in the Hama neighborhood of Al-Arbaeen, Al-Jazeera quoted activists as saying.
11:59 A YouTube video purportedly filmed on Friday shows weapons the rebels confiscated from the Syrian army.
11:48 Iran on Friday blamed ”interfering countries” for making Kofi Annan’s mission fail in Syria, and implied it could now be among those taking “a more crucial role” in solving the conflict.
11:38 Two high-ranking Syrian military officials defected from the regime of President Bashar al-Assad, Al-Arabiya television station reported on Friday.
11:33 ”Dozens” of civilians and rebels were killed in a neighborhood of the central city of Hama, which is under siege by regime troops, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights and activists said Friday.
11:12 A YouTube video purportedly filmed on Thursday shows Brigadier General Mustafa Nasr from the Air Force Intelligence Directorate in Deir az-Zour announcing his defection. Nasr says he joined the Free Syrian Army.
11:06 Syrian regime forces killed 16 rebels in the shelling of Sahel Houran, Al-Jazeera reported on Friday.
10:51 British Foreign Minister William Hague commented on the announcement by the UN Secretary General that the Joint UN-Arab League Special Envoy for Syria, Kofi Annan, is not renewing his mandate.
9:12 Arab nations have dropped an explicit demand for President Bashar al-Assad to quit from a resolution on the Syria conflict to be voted at the UN General Assembly on Friday.
9:06 China expressed regret Friday over former UN chief Kofi Annan’s resignation as international envoy for Syria and said it would continue to “work for a political resolution” to the conflict.
9:02 US Senator John McCain took a jab at the United Nations and President Barack Obama’s administration Thursday by saying Kofi Annan’s Syria mission was “doomed to failure from the beginning.”
8:59 MORNING LEADER: Kofi Annan has resigned as UN-Arab League envoy for Syria, complaining that his April peace plan had not received the support it deserved from major powers, and the conflict at the UN Security Council had prevented coordinated action to end the bloodshed. Meanwhile on Thursday, the Syrian army deployed fighter jets against rebels armed with tanks around the commercial capital Aleppo.
8:46 The Syrian army shelling of refugee camps killed at least 15 civilians, and NGO told AFP Friday.
8:34 The “main battle” for the Syrian city of Aleppo is about to start, a top UN official said Thursday, highlighting the spiraling violence in the civil war.
8:28 The United States is stepping up support for the Syrian rebels but, despite the failure of UN envoy Kofi Annan’s mission, is sticking to its refusal to pour arms into a complex conflict.
8:22 Former UN chief Kofi Annan on Thursday called on Russia and the United States to shoulder responsibility for saving Syria from catastrophic civil war as he announced he was quitting as international envoy.
8:18 Germany on Thursday said Kofi Annan’s decision to quit as UN-Arab League envoy for Syria was partly due to China and Russia’s opposition to sanctions on the Damascus regime.
Reuters: Syrian army moves on rebels in Aleppo, Damascus?: ALEPPO, Syria (Reuters) - Syrian forces stormed the last rebel stronghold in the capital Damascus in tanks and armoured vehicles on Friday …
Guardian: Syrian rebels ignore world’s fears in struggle for Aleppo: 3 Aug 2012: Battle for Syrian city appears to be nearing decisive phase with reinforcements continuing to bolster Free Syrian Army …
William Hague: UK to step up help for Syrian rebels: British foreign secretary says Britain has been helping elements of the Syrian rebels in a ‘practical and non-lethal way’ …
UN general assembly backs resolution on Syria
The UN general assembly has overwhelmingly denounced Syria’s crackdown and demanded the securing of its chemical and biological weapons.
Voting was 133 in favour, with 12 against and 31 abstentions.
General Assembly resolutions are not enforceable but can carry moral weight.
The resolution says “the first step in the cessation of violence has to be made by the Syrian authorities”.
The resolution’s Arab sponsors had earlier diluted two key provisions: a demand that President Assad resign and a call for other countries to impose sanctions on Syria.
Russia and China had objected to those provisions.
The Associated Press says the vote was meant in part to pressure the security council to act, but frustration over the lack of action so far was clear.
Before the vote, UN secretary-general Ban Ki-moon reminded the assembly of the fresh violence in the city of Aleppo and drew comparisons between the failure to act in Syria to past genocide in Srebrenica and Rwanda.
“The acts of brutality that are being reported may constitute crimes against humanity or war crimes,” he said of the Aleppo fighting. “Such acts must be investigated and the perpetrators held to account.”
Summary of the latest developments on Syria
• The UN general assembly is debating a Saudi-drafted (but non-binding) resolution which condemns the security council for failing to stop the violence in Syria.
• A video posted on YouTube purports to show the rebels’ interrogation of clan leader Zaino Berri before he was killed.
• Twenty or more people are reported to have been killed yesterday evening when the Yarmouk Palestinian refugee camp in Damascus was hit. Residents have blamed the government. The government blamed “an armed terrorist group” and said “a number” of people were injured. Hamas has condemned what it described as “a heinous crime”.
• Syria has signalled its determination to continue to “combat terrorism” while at the same time claiming it is still committed to Annan’s six point peace plan. Iran has blamed western and Arab countries for the plan’s failure. Meanwhile, the Obama administration blamed Russia and China for Annan’s resignation.
Russia says a resolution on Syria passed by the UN General Assembly undermines peace efforts there as fighting continues on the ground.