Monday 6 August 2012
Syrian Observatory for Human Rights: Final report on those killed on 6/8/2012: More than 270 Syrians have been reported, and verified, as dead on Monday 6/8/20.
The dead include 186 unarmed civilians, 22 rebel fighters, 4 defected soldiers, and no less than 62 members of the Syrian regular forces.
186 unarmed civilians:
-In Aleppo province 61 civilians killed. 3 civilians were killed by the clashes and bombardment in the Salaheddi
-In Reef Dimashq 40 killed. They include the cinema director Bassam Muhyi Ad-Din Hussein, who was assassinated in front of his home in the town of Jdeidat Artouz at night. 10 civilians were killed in the town of Ma’adamiyat al-Sham, 7 were executed by regime forces after being detained last night, 3 by the bombardment of the city today. A civilian from the village of Hawsh Arab was killed by the gunfire and clashes in the rukn al-Dine neighbourhood of Damascus. 1 killed by a sniper in the town of Zamalka. 1 killed by the bombardment on the village of Ein Terma. 11 civilians were killed by the bombardment and gunfire in the towns of Jisreen and Kafarbatna. 11 civilians were killed in the city of Saqba as a result of the violent bombardment on the city, 4 of those killed are unidentified. 3 civilians, including a woman, were killed in the city of Harasta, the woman died of wounds from earlier bombardment, the 2 men died by the bombardmnet that took place on the day, one of them was the previous head of the city council.
-In Homs province 16 civilians killed. In the town of Talbiseh 1 man was killed from the bombardment, 1 from earlier wounds and a young man was killed by excessive torture at the hands of Syrian authorities after being detained earlier from the town. 2 civilians from al-Quseir died, 1 died from wounds received during the bombardment on the town, the other was killed by regime forces after he was detained in Latakia. 3 civilians, including a woman, were killed by the bombardment on the city of Rastan. 5 civilians, including 2 women and a child, were killed by the bombardment on the Deir Ba’alba and Khaldiya neighbourhoods of Homs. 1 civilian was killed by a sniper in the Qusoor neighbourhood. 2 civilians were killed by regime gunfire in Tel Kalakh.
-In Idlib province 22 civilians were killed. 1 from shrapnel during the bombardment of Ma’arat al-Nu’man, another was killed by a sniper in the city. 3, including a woman and a child, by the bombardment of Kafrenbel. A woman was killed by regime gunfire in Kafrenbel. 15 civilians were killed in the city of Ariha, 1 by a sniper, 14 residents, including 2 children and 2 women, were killed by the regime bombardment and gunfire. 1 was killed by regime fire in the village of Kafarheymoun. 1 was killed by extreme torture in Jisr al-Shughour.
-In Damascus 15 civilians killed. 5 civilians were killed in the Jobar neighbourhood; 2 were killed by excessive torture after they were detained by regime forces, 2 by regime fire in the neighbourhood, 1 by a sniper in the town of Kafarbatna, Reef Dimashq. 6 people were killed in the Rukn al-Din neighbourhood, which is suffering from gunfire and clashes between rebel and regime fighters. 2 people were sumarily executed in the Qaboun and Hajar al-Aswad neighbourhoods. 1 civilian died while being tortured in the Dummar neighbourhood. 1 civilian was killed by regime fire in the Qadam neighbourhood.
-In Deir Izzor province 15 killed. 5 civilians, 2 of them women, were killed by the bombardment of the al-Sina’a and al-Jbeila neighbourhoods of Deir Izzor. 3 killed, including a child, by the bombardment on al-Boukamal city. 7 civilians, including 2 women and 2 little girls, were killed by the bombardment on the city of al-Mayadeen, Reef Deir Izzor.
-In Hama province 10 civilians were killed. 1 by a sniper in the Sabouniya neighbourhood of Hama. 8 civilians, including 2 children, were killed by the gunfire and bombardment that followed the storming of Hurbinafseh village. A civilian was killed by regime guns in the town of Kawkab.
-In Dera’a province 4 civilians killed. A civilian died from earlier wounds by the bombardment of the Kashif neighbourhood. a woman was killed by the bombardment on Busra al-Sham. 1 by regime fire in al-Sanamein. 1 civilian was killed by an ambush by regime forces in the town of Tel Shihab.
-In Latakia province 2 civilians were killed when a car was targeted on the Jisr al-Shighour-Latakia road, the car was also carrying members of the security forces **
-In the Raqqah province 1 civilian was killed by extreme torture by one of the security branches, he was detained a few days ago.
22 Rebel fighters:
Reef Dimashq: 5 rebel fighters were killed by an ambush set up for them by the town of Heran al-Awameed.
Damascus: 2 rebel fighters were killed during clashes in the Hajar al-Aswad an al-Qaboun neighbourhoods.
Aleppo prov: 3 rebel fighters killed. 2 rebels, including a commander, were killed during clashes with regime forces in the Salaheddin neighbourhood.
A rebel fighter died from clashes in the Furdous neighbourhood.
Homs prov: 4. A rebel fighter died during clashes in Rastan. A rebel died during an attack on a military checkpoint in the town of Tel Kalakh. 1 rebel died from wounds in al-Houla. A rebel fighter died during clashes in the city.
Dera’a prov: 3 rebel fighters killed. A rebel fighter was killed during clashes in the town of Busra al-Harir. 2 rebels from the town of Jasim were killed during clashes in Tel Mineen, Reef Dimashq.
Idlib prov: 5 killed. 3 rebel fighters from the Reef Idlib was killed during clashes in the city of Aleppo. 2 rebels were killed during clashes with a military checkpoint in Kafrenbel.
A defected sergeant was killed during clashes in the city of Deir Izzor. A defected soldier was killed by an ambush in Deir Izzor. 2 defected soldiers were killed during clashes in Reef Dimashq.
No less than 62 members of the Syrian armed forces were killed by attacks on vehicles and during clashes in the provinces of Hama, Deir Izzor, Idlib, Aleppo, Homs, Damascus, Reef Dimashq and Dera’a.
Press Release: Free Kifah and Rami: http://syrianncb.org/2012/08/06/press-release-free-kifah-and-rami Press Office, National Coordination Body for Democratic Change in Syria reports that two colleagues Kifah Ali Deeb, member of the NCB’s executive committee, and Rami Hanawi, a prominent Syrian activist, have disappeared. They have been unable to contact or find them since 7 p.m on Sunday 5/8/2012. Reports indicate that they have been taken away by one of the many security forces in Syria, we have still not been able to verify who is responsible.
Freedom for Kifah and Ramil Freedom for Ahmad Al Israwil Freedom to all the detainees in the regime’s brutal prisons
[local time] 22:24 Riad Hijab, the Syrian prime minister who defected on Monday, was a staunch Baathist who rose through the party’s ranks before reaching the top thanks to his loyalty to President Bashar al-Assad.
20:44 Russia’s Interior Ministry on Monday denied ever issuing a statement saying it had confirmation that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad had been killed together with his wife.
20:35 155 people were killed on Monday by security forces, Al-Arabiya quoted activists as saying.
20:13 Syria’s army shelled rebel-held areas of commercial capital Aleppo on Monday as violence killed 91 people across the country, including 57 civilians, 24 troops and 10 rebels, a watchdog said.
19:18 Syrian Information Minister Omran al-Zohbi on Monday denied that any of his country’s cabinet ministers had switched sides in the almost 17-month revolt which has swept Syria and downplayed Prime Minister Riad Hijab’s defection.
18:20 Syrian Health Minister Wael Nader al-Halqi and Transportation Minister Fayssal Abbas defected from the regime, defected Syrian Deputy Oil Minister Abdo Husameddine told Al-Arabiya television.
17:50 A Syrian rebel group which has claimed responsibility for the kidnapping of 48 Iranians in Damascus said three of its hostages were killed in shelling by government troops on Monday.
17:35 Syria’s Monday death toll increased to 84 people, Al-Arabiya quoted activists as saying.
16:22 The defection of Syria’s prime minister shows President Bashar al-Assad has lost control of the country, and that his people believe his days are numbered, a US official told AFP Monday.
16:16 Defecting Syrian Prime Minister Riad Hijab was to leave Jordan for Qatar within days, following the example of other high-profile defectors, his spokesperson Mohammad Otri told AFP.
15:56 Iran is to hold a ministerial meeting on Thursday for countries having a “realistic position” on Syria, Deputy Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian said, the official news agency IRNA reported.
15:38 Syria’s endowments and oil ministers have defected, Al-Arabiya television reported.
15:05 The leader of the opposition Syrian National Council said the defection on Monday of Prime Minister Riad Hijab showed the regime of President Bashar al-Assad is “disintegrating.”
15:13 One of the Syrian ministers who defected Monday fled to Lebanon and was making contacts with Turkish officials to take refuge there, Al-Arabiya reported.
15:05 Syrian forces killed 61 people on Monday, Al-Arabiya quoted activists as saying.
14:49 Syrian regime forces shelled the Salaheddine neighborhood of Aleppo, Al-Arabiya reported on Monday.
14:45 Germany said Monday that the defection of Syrian prime minister Riad Hijab pointed to the rapid “erosion” of the regime of President Bashar al-Assad.
13:28 Defecting Syrian premier Riad Hijab is in a “safe haven” with his family and said that “genocide” was under way in Syria, AFP quoted a spokesperson as saying on Monday.
13:12 Syrian Finance Minister Mohammad Jlailati was arrested before defecting, Al-Arabiya reported on Monday.
12:42 The Free Syrian Army helped defected premier Riad Hijab leave the country, Al-Jazeera reported on Monday.
12:41 Another Syrian brigadier general has fled to Turkey to join opposition fighters, accompanied by five high-ranking officers and more than 30 troops, Anatolia reported Monday.
12:35 Syrian premier Riad Hijab defected to Jordan, Al-Jazeera reported on Monday.
12:31 Three Syrian ministers defected along with Prime Minister Riad Hijab, Al-Arabiya reported on Monday.
12:22 Qatar and Saudi Arabia are giving light arms to Syria’s rebels but the fighters do not have the advanced weapons needed to confront Bashar al-Assad’s regime, a spokesperson for the opposition SNC said Monday.
12:25 Syrian Prime Minister Riad Hijab defected from the regime of President Bashar al-Assad.
12:10 Syrian Prime Minister Riad Hijab has been sacked, reported the Syria State TV on Monday.
11:44 Syria’s exiled opposition accused the government on Monday of killing 40 people in a massacre in a central town in a bid to terrorize people into flight to change the confessional balance of the region.
9:56 Casualties were announced in blast at a Damascus TV station building, AFP reported on Monday.
9:35 Syrian regime forces shelled several areas of the northern city of Aleppo on Monday morning, and shooting was also reported in other neighborhoods of the embattled commercial capital, monitors said.
9:32 Syrian regime forces heavily shelled Al-Zabadani and conducted raids in Al-Mazzeh neighborhood of Damascus, Al-Arabiya quoted activists as saying.
8:57 MORNING LEADER: Syrian regime warplanes pounded rebel positions in Aleppo on Sunday ahead of a threatened ground assault by more than 20,000 troops assembled around the commercial capital. Meanwhile, Iran appealed for help from governments with ties to the Syrian opposition in securing the release of 48 of its nationals seized from a bus in Damascus.
8:33 Three prominent US senators called late Sunday for direct US military aid to Syrian rebels, including use of US air power to protect rebel-controlled areas in the country.
7:38 Three Syrian intelligence officers have defected from the Damascus regime and sought refuge in neighboring Jordan, a spokesperson for the rebel Free Syrian Army said on Sunday.
Western powers have said the defection of Syrian Prime Minister Riad Hijab is a sign that the regime of President Bashar al-Assad is crumbling.
The White House said the momentum was now with the opposition, while France said the Assad government was “doomed”.
Mr Hijab, the most senior Syrian figure to defect, on Monday denounced Syria’s “terrorist regime” and said he was joining the revolution.
His whereabouts are unknown, although reports say he may head to Qatar.
Clashes have continued in the second city of Aleppo where rebel fighters are resisting a bombardment by government artillery and fighter jets.
White House spokesman Jay Carney said such high-level defections signalled that President Assad’s grip on power was “loosening”.
“If he cannot maintain cohesion within his own inner circle, it reflects on his inability to maintain any following among the Syrian people that isn’t brought about at the point of a gun,” he said.
“The momentum is with the opposition and with the Syrian people.”
French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said the latest defection was another sign of the regime weakening and losing support.
“France is convinced the Assad regime is doomed,” he said in a statement.
Last month, Syria’s ambassador to Iraq, Nawaf Fares, deserted to the opposition. Brig Gen Manaf Tlas, who was considered close to President Assad, defected in July.About 30 other generals have crossed into Turkey so far and Turkish news agency Anatolia reported on Monday that another general had fled with five high-ranking officers and more than 30 soldiers.
First news of Mr Hijab’s exit from the Syrian government came from Syrian state TV shortly after a bomb went off at its own headquarters, injuring three people.
Just after announcing the explosion, it broadcast that Mr Hijab – appointed only two months before – had been sacked.
Mr Hijab’s spokesman then appeared on al-Jazeera TV in neighbouring Jordan saying that the prime minister and his family had fled Syria. He said Mr Hijab was in “a safe location”.
It was widely reported that Mr Hijab had crossed the border into Jordan, although Jordanian state TV later denied this.
The BBC’s Jim Muir in Lebanon says Mr Hijab is expected to move on to Qatar.
“I have defected from the terrorist, murderous regime and [am] joining the holy revolution,” ran Mr Hijab’s statement read by his spokesman Mohammed el-Etri.
“I declare that from today I am a soldier of this holy revolution.”
Mr el-Etri later told the BBC that the Syrian regime was “now in its last throes” and that it had been dealt “a fatal blow” by Mr Hijab’s defection.
Mr Hijab is a Sunni Muslim from the restive Deir al-Zour area of eastern Syria. He was one of the leading Sunnis in President Assad’s minority Alawite-dominated regime.
Opposition activists said two other ministers also defected and a third – finance minister Mohammad Jalilati – was arrested as he tried to escape.
However, Syrian state TV broadcast a phone interview it said was with Mr Jalilati, saying he was working as normal.
Meanwhile, amateur video uploaded to social media websites on Monday purported to show the continued bombardment of rebel-held areas of Aleppo.
In the capital Damascus, troops backed by fighter jets and helicopter gunships have kept up an offensive against the last rebel bastions there.
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is due to visit Turkey at the weekend for talks on the situation in Syria.
Turkey, a staunch critic of President Assad, has given shelter to Syrian defectors and the Syrian opposition.
Riad Farid Hijab
- Born in 1966 in Deir al-Zour, eastern Syria
- Married with four children
- Holds a PhD in agriculture
- Joined the local branch of the Baath Party command in 1998
- Named governor of the southern province of Qunaytira in 2008
- Transferred to head the Latakia governorate around the time protests were first reported – credited in state media with negotiating an end to a sit-in
- Appointed minister of agriculture on 14 April 2011
6 Aug 2012: Free Syrian Army strategy seemingly anchored more in hope than vision as regime counter-assault intensifies
The attack came just after 2pm on Monday; two Soviet era Mig fighter jets swept in low from the west, then banked and made a run at the schoolhouse. The impact of the bombs was devastating on the two homes they struck. Fabricated concrete spilled across the street and a nine-year-old girl lay dismembered in the ruins.
The first stronghold established by the Free Syrian Army (FSA) in the war-torn city of Aleppo had been hit by regime jets, in an attack that failed to take out the rebel leadership but instead killed nine members of a family in a nearby house.
For the past week rebel fighters and leaders had been coming and going from the school, which they had commandeered in the city’s north-east. They had brought prisoners there, built up a large arsenal of looted weapons on a lower floor and brazenly parked a tank and anti-aircraft gun outside.
The regime troops that were engaged in pitched battles with guerillas barely one kilometre away probably knew where the poorly-disguised base was. The Syrian jets overhead certainly did.
By nightfall only five bodies had been recovered. There was no hope for the other four, who rescuers were trying to dig out with their hands and basic tools.
The rebel unit’s bid to win the hearts and minds of nearby residents has not gone well, not helped perhaps by the brazen way in which they made the nature of their stronghold so obvious. On Sunday the group’s commander was finalising details of a flyer he had prepared, outlining what steps his men would take to end the sense of paralysis that cripples Aleppo. Less than 24 hours later a large unexploded bomb from one of the jets lay on the steps of the schoolhouse and all the men inside were packing to leave to set up a new base.
On nearby main roads mountains of household rubbish remains uncollected and order is yet to return to the city, more than a fortnight after the Free Syrian Army obtained a foothold.
The reach of the guerilla force has since extended to what they claim is more than 60% of the city. But the rebels seem to be driven by little more than enthusiasm. Planning to hold their gains in the face of an imminent regime counter-assault is haphazard at best. Strategy seems anchored more in hope than vision.
“What can we do when all these so-called officers run away to Turkey and drink beer in refugee camps,” said Major Abu Firad, who defected to the rebels six weeks ago and has insisted on a new rank of corporal in the unit with which he fights in the suburb of Salahedine.
“Every decision on the ground is up to us,” he said. “These officers who speak on the television from their comfortable camps over the border have no authority to speak for us. If they were real officers they would come back and fight.”
Salahedine is at the vanguard of the Free Syrian Army’s defences. And on Monday the rebels there were weathering assaults from recently arrived loyalist units.
“They have brought in tank units from the Golan Heights,” said Major Abu Firad. “I know that because I was a tank commander and we can monitor their radio frequencies.”
Other key Syrian military units are also thought to have arrived on the city’s southern outskirts and started readying for battle. Regime jets have returned to the countryside north of Aleppo, where rebels ousted loyalist forces in 10 days of fighting from 19 July.
One Mig made at least eight bombing runs from 1am to 4am early on Monday over one of the towns below, causing panic among residents and resignation among others.
“They are trying to force the guys to come back to town to defend their families and leave Aleppo exposed,” said a cleric, Sheikh Omar, in the town of al-Bab. “But this fight is something that can’t be avoided.”
Aleppo is proving to be harder going for regime forces than the capital Damascus, in which they were able to chase rebels from areas they had seized in July in less than 10 days.
Despite large numbers of captured weapons, a constant stream of deserters coming their way, and news of high profile political defections, much of the rebel force acknowledges that their campaign has a long way to go.
Rebels are continuing to reinforce positions in Aleppo. So too are loyalists. “Around 20,000 moved into Aleppo [on Sunday night] said Major Abu Firad. “They are planning to first take back this neighbourhood and then move into the rest of the city.”
Shells thundered into Salahedine, a middle-class neighbourhood of apartment buildings, throughout Monday. Guerillas there claimed to have captured three locals – thought to be the only residents to have remained there – whom they accuse of spying for the regime.
As another rebel group left for the fight on Sunday night, a young student of Sharia law, who had joined the rebel ranks, urged the 30 men in front of him to treat prisoners well and not to harm civilians. “We must be very clear about this. God has told us to behave with honour as warriors.”
The departing rebels in Aleppo had adopted different methods. Screams from some captives, particularly those thought to have been members of the loyalist Shabiha militia, have echoed throughout the night in recent days. Late on Monday one of the alleged spies was brought in, a terrified woman in her late 20s whose hair had been cut leaving unruly strips on an almost bald scalp.
The residents wandering the streets near the schoolhouse hours before breaking their fast didn’t seem to mind that the rebels were leaving.
AMMAN – Syrian forces pressed on with their offensive against rebels in the largest city Aleppo after the prime minister fled the country, denouncing the “terrorist regime” of Bashar al-Assad. | Video
Syrian rebels: govenment attack kills 3 Iranian captives: BEIRUT – Syrian rebels said three Iranian captives were killed on Monday during an air attack in Damascus province by government forces, and threatened to kill the remaining Iranians in their custody unless the army stopped its attack.