Tuesday 11 September 2012
Syrian Observatory for Human Rights: Final death toll for Tuesday 11/9/2012: More than 140 Syrians were killed
The dead include: 95 unarmed civilians (8 were children), 19 rebel fighters, 1 defected soldiers, and 26 members of the Syrian armed forces.
*A 12-year-old boy was among the 7 civilians detained from the town of Helfaya, Hama province, by regime forces and then executed.*
95 Unarmed civilians:
-In Aleppo province 21 ci
-In Reef Dimashq Province 20 civilians were killed. 2 civilians were killed in the city of Duma, one of them a child, by injuries she received during bombardment on the al-Hjariya area yesterday, and the other by unknown circumstances in the city. 3 civilians were killed in the Yalda town due to bombardment on the town. 8 civilians were shot by regime forces in the towns of Zamalka, Artouz, Sabina, Ma’arba and al-Zabadani. 1 civilian was killed due to bombardment on the Rankus town. 1 civilian died effected by injuries he received in the al-Dameer town. 5 civilians were killed in the Babeela town, one of them effected by injuries he received during bombardment, and 4 men were shot by Syrian regime forces in a farm in the town.
**The names of 5 civilians killed in the previous days in Reef Dimashq were only documented by the SOHR today**
-In Hama province 23 civilians were killed. 7 civilians, including a 12-year-old boy, were executed by regime forces after they were detained during the raids on the farms surrounding the town of Helfaya. 12 civilians, including a little girl, 2 women, and elderly man and 8 men, were killed by the bombardment that targeted houses in the Kafarzaita town in Reef Hama. 1 was killed by the bombardment on the town of Hanutiya. 2 civilians from Sahl al-Ghab were killed by regime fire on the Latakia-Jisr al-Shughour road. 1 civilian was shot and killed by security members in the Junoob al-Mal’ab neighbourhood of Hama.
-In Damascus Province 12 civilians were killed. An unidentified man was killed by the bombardment on the Hajar al-Aswad neighbourhood. 2 civilian were shot by regime forces in Mokhayam al-Yarmuk (Yarmouk camp) and Tadamun in the city of Damascus. 1 civilian was killed by a sniper in the Jobar neighbourhood. 4 civilians were killed by the bombardment on the Qaboun neighbourhood.
***3 unidentified civilian corpses were found in the al-Qabun neighbourhood, they were killed by point-blank shots.***
-In Deir Izzor province 8 civilians were killed. 4, including 3 women, were killed by bombardment on the al-Baghuz village in Reef al-Bukamal. 2 children were killed by bombardment on the town of al-Shheil in Reef Deir Izzor. 1 civilian was killed by the bombardment on the city of Deir Izzor. The name of a young man who was killed by a sniper in the Joura neighbourhood of the city yesterday (10/9) was only documented by the SOHR today.
-In Idlib province 5 civilians were killed. 1 was killed in the Saraqeb city due to an injury by a bomb shell that fell on the city. 3 civilians were killed by the bombardment on the Basamis and Senjar towns. 1 civilian from the al-Hbeit town died, effected by injuries he received two days ago.
-In Homs province 2 civilians were killed. A woman and her child were killed by the regime bombardment on the al-Rastan city in Reef Homs.
-In Dera’a Province 3 civilians were killed. A child and a woman were killed by a sniper in the al-Hrak town in Reef Dera’a. A civilian from Busra al-Sham was killed by the bombardment on the Tadamun neighbourhood of Damascus.
-In Latakia Province a young man was killed by bombardment on the al-Khadra’ village in Reef Latakia.
19 Rebel fighters:
Reef Dimashq: 7 rebels killed. 6 rebel fighters were killed by clashes and shelling in the town of Yalda. A fighter was killed during clashes with regime forces in the city of Harasta.
Damascus Province: 6 rebels killed. 3 fighters were killed, one of them a rebel battalion leader, by bombardment on the al-Hajar al-Aswad neighbourhood. 1 rebel was killed by clashes in the Tadamun neighbourhood. 2 fighters from the Asali neighbourhood were killed during clashes with regime forces in the town of al-Sabina, Reef Dimashq.
Homs province: 2 rebels killed. 1 fighter from the Baba Amro neighbourhood in the Homs city, was shot by regime forces. 1 rebel was killed during clashes in the Hamidiya neighbourhood.
Aleppo province: 1 rebel was killed by clashes in the Arkoub neighbourhood.
Idilb province: 1 fighter from Saraqeb was killed during clashes with regime forces in the city of Aleppo.
Deir Izzor: 1 rebel was killed by clashes in the city.
Dera’a province: 1 rebel from the province was killed during clashes in al-Sabina, Reef Dimashq.
A defected soldier was killed during clashes in Reef Dimashq
No less than 26 members of the armed forces were killed during clashes in the provinces of Deir Izzor, Dera’a, Idlib, Homs, Damascus, Aleppo and Reef Dimashq
Reef Dimashq: A video was sent to the SOHR of rebel fighters capturing 6 air defence force members in al-Ghuta al-Sharqiya (the eastern Ghouta). The captives include both officers and recruits doing their military service. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BH9U81g2heA&feature=player_embedded
By an Amnesty International researcher in Lebanon
Tanks, shells and mortars are hardly the norm in children’s drawings, not to mention a bloodied face or arm.
But when I recently gave paper and crayons to Syrian children who have taken refuge in Lebanon, their artistic efforts drove home how most have seen horrors that no child should have to witness.
The children and their parents are among 50 families taking shelter in a mosque in Arsal, near the Syrian border. The large influx of those fleeing the fighting has strained the building’s sanitary infrastructure.
Najib, an agricultural worker from al-Qusayr near Homs, told me his story.
He had arrived in Arsal with his family a few weeks earlier in mid-August 2012.
“When the [Syrian] army attacked al-Qusayr, they bombed our neighbourhood and we saw the soldiers with their guns in streets, shooting at people. We took the children and we ran away. I did not know where to go, we heard shooting and we were scared. We arrived in the fields outside the city and we stayed there for 10 days, under the trees. When I think about what happened, I feel very bad.”
When Najib’s family arrived across the border in Arsal, they had no place to go. After sleeping in the streets for a week, they were finally told they could live in the mosque’s basement, underneath the stairs.
He went on: “I am sick, I have kidney disease and if I could I would work here to earn money but I cannot. Thank God we have good relations with the other Syrian families and we help each other. My wife is pregnant, it is her sixth month. She needs a caesarean operation, it costs 800,000 Lebanese Pounds [approximately US$530] and I don’t have the money….It’s been one and a half years since my children went to school, I don’t know if they will be able to go to school here, we were told we had to wait. They say there are NGOs who help us but we don’t see any help coming.”
Others who have fled Syria have been housed in schools which were closed over the summer. With the new school year about to begin, they have now been told to leave. With pressure on local housing increasing as refugees continue to pour into the country, it’s not clear where they will be able to go, despite the efforts of local and international organizations to help them.
The Lebanese government should be commended for its efforts to host large numbers of refugees crossing from Syria. According to the United Nations refugee agency’s latest figures, approximately 65,000 individuals have registered as refugees or are awaiting registration, while actual numbers may be much higher.
The international community must do more, in the spirit of solidarity and responsibility sharing, to support Lebanon, as well as neighbouring countries, by providing much-needed financial and other assistance. As of the end of August, the international community had only donated around a third of the funding needed to support the UN refugee agency’s appeal for Syrian refugees.
Without adequate funding, those who have fled the violence in Syria will be left without adequate protection, and in poor conditions which breed resentment and – on occasion – violence, as happened in Jordan’s Zaatari refugee camp recently.
Children will be left without a chance to play and forget the horrors they have witnessed, or to restart their interrupted schooling or to get adequate psycho-social support.
Although it may have helped to relieve the boredom in their grim surroundings, a few pieces of paper and crayons brought by a human rights researcher are no substitute for the international assistance these children and their families so urgently need.
[local time] 21:32 Syrian regime forces shelled Al-Hajar neighborhood in Damascus as well as the towns of Al-Sabina and the Al-Thababiya in the Damascus district, Al-Arabiya quoted activists as saying.
21:29 Clashes erupted at the Hama military airport amid reports of defections, Al-Arabiya quoted activists as saying.
21:18 The death toll in Syria has reached 105 people on Tuesday mostly killed in Aleppo and the Damascus district, Al-Jazeera quoted activists as saying.
19:57 Former Belgian premier and leading European lawmaker Guy Verhofstadt on Tuesday urged European Union intervention in Syria to protect civilians, notably by imposing a no-fly zone against government planes.
19:35 Ten people were killed and 20 injured in the shelling of the neighborhood of Al-Haydariyyeh in Aleppo, Al-Jazeera reported.
18:50 France has helped a number of Syrian military figures to desert from President Bashar al-Assad’s embattled regime, Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said Tuesday.
18:11 Syrian soldiers awaiting a chance to desert are hoping to follow an already large number of others who have already scaled the walls or crawled under barbed wire at night to escape.
17:49 UN chief Ban Ki-moon said Tuesday that the new UN-Arab League envoy Lakhdar Brahimi will meet Syrian President Bashar al-Assad when he travels to the conflict-ravaged country.
17:20 Syrian regime forces killed 60 people on Tuesday, Al-Arabiya quoted activists as saying.
16:16 Iran on Tuesday hailed Egypt’s aims in putting together a new “contact group” on the Syrian crisis, but said it wanted to expand the initiative to include its allies Iraq and Venezuela.
13:05 The number of refugees who have fled Syria has reached more than 250,000, the United Nations said Tuesday, calling the humanitarian problems sparked by the conflict “our biggest crisis.”
11:44 British Foreign Secretary William Hague was to hold talks on Syria and post-revolution Egypt during a meeting in Cairo with Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi on Tuesday, his office said.
11:29 Bombardments by troops saw fighting ground to a standstill on Tuesday in Syria’s second city Aleppo, a watchdog said, amid reports a civilian refuge was targeted in the same province.
8:11 Regime forces have been shelling the Deir az-Zour towns of Al-Hamidiyeh and Sheikh Yassin, Al-Jazeera quoted activists as saying.
7:53 An AFP feature story details how an elected judicial committee following Sharia law has been tasked with keeping the peace in the town of Al-Bab.
7:30 MORNING LEADER: Syrian rebels summarily executed at least 20 soldiers in second city Aleppo, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Monday. Meanwhile, the Syrian government’s traditional ally Moscow called for a peace conference involving all parties to the conflict, warning of the risks of a complete collapse of central authority as happened in Somalia in the early 1990s.
UNITED NATIONS – As the fighting in Syria gets worse, forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and rebels determined to oust him are committing an increasing number of violations of international humanitarian law, the EU humanitarian chief said on Tuesday.
WHO finds medical emergency in Syria’s shattered Homs: GENEVA – A team from the World Health Organization that visited Syria’s Homs province last week found a humanitarian situation that is “grave and continues to deteriorate”, with one in four residents in need of humanitarian aid, the WHO said on Tuesday.
Channel 4: Syria News - http://www.channel4.com/news/syria
Channel 4 News gains rare access to one of Syria’s most elite rebel fighting groups – the Farouk Brigade. French photojournalist Mani writes about his experiences with them on the front line.