Wednesday 25 July 2012
Syrian Observatory for Human Rights: : Approximately 160 Syrians have been killed on Wednesday 25/7/2012: 83 unarmed civilians:
-In Aleppo province 23 killed. 15 civilians, including a woman a child and an athlete, were killed in the Salaheddine, Sakhour, and Tariq al-Bab, al-Marjeh and al-Qaterji neighbourhoods. 1 civilian by sniper in the city of al-Bab. 2 by wounds from yesterday’s bombardment on the Hanano and Salaheddine neighbourhoods. 1 by the bombardment on the city of A’zaz, reef Aleppo. 2 civilians were killed, 1 was a woman, when rockets fell on the village of Tel Sha’eib. 1 killed when a rocket fell between the towns of Tel Rif’at and Jabrein. The body of a killed child was found by the al-Sha’ar police station in the city of Aleppo.
-In Hama province 9 civilians dead. 2 children were killed by the regime bombardment on the town of Karnaz. 5 civilians, including a family, 3 of them children, were killed by the bombardment on the town of Qal’at Madiq. 1 youth was killed by heavy machineguns on the edges of the town of Me’erdis. 1 civilian was killed when his car was targeted by regime forces in the village of Tuweini.
-In Homs 10 civilians killed. 1 killed by pro-regime gunmen in the town of Tel Kalakh. The name of 1 inmate from the Homs central prison has been verified, he was killed by regime gunfire inside the prison. In al-Rastan 4 were killed by the bombardment. 1 by a sniper from a checkpoint in the town of al-Qusayr. 2 civilians killed by the bombardment on the villages of al-Dab’a and al-Ghento. 1 from the town of Talbiseh killed from shrapnel wounds.
-In Idlib province 15 killed. 10 civilians were killed, 3 of them women, by the bombardment on the town of Kafrouma throughout the day. 1 killed by the bombardment on the village of Oram al-Jawz. 1 from wounds by the bombardment on the town of Ariha. 1 from the bombardment on the town of Hazano. 1 killed by a checkpoint by the city of Saraqib. 1 by the regime bombardment on Has.
-In Deir Izzor 9 killed. In the Huweika neighbourhood 1 child was killed by gunfire targeting a car she was in and a woman was killed by a sniper. 1 was killed by the rockets and gunfire in the al-Jebeila neighbourhood. The body of 1 inmate from Deir Izzor was delivered to his family, he was killed by regime fire during the prisoner rebellion in Aleppo. 1 civilian was killed by a rocket in the town of Khisham. 4 civilians from the same family were killed when a rocket fell on their home in the al-Qusoor neighbourhood.
-In Reef Dimashq 6 civilians from the town of al-Kisweh were killed, their bodies were found in the orchards of Dareyya, Reef Dimashq. 1 killed by sniper fire in the town of al-Dumeir. 2 civilians were killed by the town of al-Qaysa, they were shot by regime forces when they were on their way home from work.
-In Damascus 2 civilians killed. 2 unidentified persones were killed by bombardment and intense clashes in the al-Asali neighbourhood. 1 in al-Hajar al-Aswad by regime fire.
-In Dera’a 8 civilians killed. 1 by sniper fire in the refugee camp in Dera’a. 1 woman from the city of al-Hirak was killed when her house was shelled by in the town of Sabeena, Reef Dimashq. 1 from wounds by the bombardment of Muzayreeb this morning. A civilian from al-Ghara al-Sharqiya was killed while in the hands of Syrian authorities, he was delivered to the regime by Jordanian authorities. The body of a killed civilian was found by a school in the town of Inkhil, he was detained only yesterday. 1 civilian from the town of Adwan was killed by clashes with regime forces in the town of Sabeena, Reef Dimashq. A civilian from the town of Tamr was killed when his house was stormed in the al-Qadam neighbourhood, Damascus.
-In Raqqah province 2 civilians were killed by gunfire at midnight in the city of al-Raqqah, one of them was a woman.
14 unidentified bodies were found in the al-Qaboun neighbourhood of Damascus, they were killed days ago during the military operations in the neighbourhood.
27 Rebel fighters:
Aleppo prov: 4 killed. 3 rebel fighters were killed by the al-Kallasa police station, which was taken over, and set on fire, by rebels. 1 by wounds from earlier clashes in Reef Aleppo.
Homs prov: 2 rebel fighters killed in Homs, 1 by sniper in al-Qarabees neighbourhood. 1 by clashes on the outskirts of Baba Amr.
Deir Izzor prov: 5 killed. A rebel leader was killed during clashes in al-Mayadeen. 4 rebel fighters, including another rebel leader, were killed by clashes with regime forces in the city of Deir Izzor.
Damascus: 4 killed. A rebel leader was killed from wounds received days ago during clashes in the al-Qaboun neighbourhood. 1 rebel fighter killed in Nahr Eisha. A fighter was killed by regime fire in the al-Qadam neighbourhood. 1 rebel killed in al-Hajar al-Aswad.
Dera’a prov: 2 rebel fighters were killed by clashes in the village of al-Shajara.
Hasaka province: 10 armed rebels were killed when regime forces attacked the village of Kharab Bajar, part of Nahiyat al-Jawadiyeh, Reef al-Hasaka.
A defected first lieutenant and another defected officer were killed by the bombardment of al-Rastan and al-Qusayr, Homs province. 3 defected soldiers were killed during clashes in Damascus.
No less than 41 members of the Syrian armed forces were killed by IEDs, attacks on military vehicles, and clashes in the provinces of Aleppo, Homs, Dera’a and Damascus.
[local time] 22:20 Casualties have been reported in the shelling of Al-Herak, Al-Sheikh Maskin and Daraa al-Balad by Syrian regime forces, Al-Jazeera quoted activists as saying.
22:00 Saudi Arabia is proposing a UN General Assembly resolution which will highlight a Syrian government threat to use chemical weapons, its UN envoy said Wednesday.
21:50 Canada aims to boost its humanitarian aid in Syria, the nation’s top diplomat said Wednesday while expressing concerns over chemical weapons and “radicalized” foreign fighters in the Mideast country.
21:26 Russia is ready to host talks between the Syrian opposition and President Bashar al-Assad in a bid to end the country’s conflict, its UN envoy said Wednesday.
21:04 The commander of the 137th division of the Syrian army in Deir az-Zour General Nader Darouch has defected, Al-Jazeera reported.
20:08 Syria’s security attaché at the Syrian embassy in Oman, Mohammad Tahssin al-Faqir, has defected, Al-Jazeera reported on Wednesday.
19:31 UN chief Ban Ki-moon on Wednesday urged the world “to stop the slaughter in Syria” as dozens of international observers pulled out from the country.
19:03 A high-level Syrian economic delegation led by Deputy Prime Minister Omar Ghalawanji arrived in Tehran on Wednesday to boost cooperation between the two allies faced with Western economic sanctions.
18:59 Up to 50 members of the Syrian opposition are working in Berlin on plans for a political transition after a possible ouster of President Bashar al-Assad, a German think tank backing them said Wednesday.
18:38 About 300 people fled from Syria into Turkey overnight, amid guarantees by Ankara to keep the border open to refugees, the UN’s refugee agency said on Wednesday.
18:15 Turkey indefinitely closed three border crossings Wednesday to Turkish nationals trying to get into Syria, citing security concerns in the strife-torn neighbor, officials said.
17:36 More than 100 Palestinian families have returned to Gaza over the past week after fleeing spiraling violence in war-torn Syria, a Palestinian NGO said on Wednesday.
17:31 Amnesty International warned on Wednesday about disturbing reports of “summary executions” by Syrian troops and rebels, calling them “serious violations of international law.”
17:20 Turkey said Wednesday it will keep supplying energy to Syria despite previously threatening to halt exports to its conflict-wracked neighbor.
16:26 Six people were killed in a regime forces’ air aid on Al-Ruston in the Homs district, Al-Arabiya quoted activists as saying on Wednesday.
16:26 Seven people were killed in the shelling of the village of Al-Thahiriyya in Al-Qamishli by Syrian forces, Al-Arabiya reported.
16:00 The Syrian government sent a letter of complaint to Lebanon over the violations against its border, Al-Jadeed television reported.
15:06 Wednesday’s death toll in Syria reached 82 people including 21 killed in Hassaka by regime forces, Al-Arabiya reported.
14:45 More than 100 military personnel defected in Aleppo, Al-Arabiya quoted activists as saying.
14:09 Syria’s Wednesday death toll increased to 67 people killed by security forces, Al-Arabiya quoted activists as saying.
13:44 In Syrian towns, villages and provinces “liberated” from government control, residents are experiencing new rule – with tribal or revolutionary councils led by military and political chiefs taking over, AFP reported.
13:23 More than 1000 Syrians flee from Damascus to Jordan’s Al-Ramtha border city, Al-Jazeera reported.
12:50 Syria’s Wednesday death toll increased to 41, Al-Arabiya quoted activists as saying.
12:42 Russia condemned the US position on Syria and said it was “justifying terror,” AFP quoted Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov as saying.
12:27 Syria has assured Russia that its chemical weapons are secure, a Russian deputy foreign minister said Wednesday, repeating Moscow’s calls for Damascus not to use its stockpile.
12:18 Two more Syrian brigadier generals crossed into Turkey Tuesday, bringing to 27 the number of generals who have fled the unrest in Syria, a Foreign Ministry diplomat told AFP.
12:15 A YouTube video uploaded on Monday purportedly shows the Syrian forces’ shelling of Damascus’ neighborhood of Al-Qadam.
12:05 Twenty bodies were found in Damascus’ neighborhood of Al-Qaboun, Al-Jazeera reported, adding that those killed were either burnt or slaughtered.
12:03 Half of the members of the United Nations observer mission in Syria have left the country, two mission members told AFP on Wednesday.
11:52 Russia condemned on Wednesday a new round of EU sanctions against Syria over the prolonged conflict with the opposition as amounting to an air and sea “blockade” of its Soviet-era ally.
11:39 Syrian Ambassador to UAE Abdellatif al-Dabbagh defected, Al-Jazeera reported on Wednesday.
11:09 Syrian defector Brigadier General Abdelrazak Aslan said that 200,000 people have been detained since the beginning of the Syrian revolution, Al-Jazeera reported.
10:53 Foreign Minister Adnan Mansour said on Wednesday that Syrian Ambassador to Lebanon Ali Abdel Karim Ali received a letter requesting “to avoid the repetition of border incidents,” OTV reported
10:45 Syrian security forces killed 27 people on Wednesday, Al-Arabiya quoted activists as saying.
9:28 Turkey will close its border crossings with neighboring strife-torn Syria on Wednesday until further notice, a Turkish official told AFP.
9:19 Violence raged in Syria’s second city Aleppo overnight and into Wednesday morning, as regular troops battled rebels forces, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.
9:06 Syrian forces killed 182 people on Tuesday, Al-Jazeera quoted activists as saying.
8:30 MORNING LEADER: Syrian rebels have accused strongman Bashar al-Assad of moving chemical weapons to the country’s borders, after his beleaguered regime said it would use its stockpiles if attacked.
8:04 A “large number” of regime forces have been moved from the northwestern province of Edleb to fight in Syria’s second city Aleppo in a bid to reclaim rebel-held areas, a rebel spokesperson said.
7:53 Syrian General Manaf Tlass called on Syrians Tuesday to unite and start building a post-President Bashar al-Assad Syria as he made his first public appearance since defecting from the regime.
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• Fighting has intensified in Syria’s second city of Aleppo, where rebels claim to control four districts. Government helicopters have been firing on the city and some reports say fighter jets have been bombing too – a significant development if confirmed.
• Up to 15 people were killed in a mutiny at a prison in Aleppo, activists have claimed. The opposition Syrian National Council said the security forces “opened fire with bullets and teargas” after a protest.
• Following last week’s assassinations, President Assad has named five officials for top security posts in a reshuffle of the regime’s inner circle (see 2.29pm).
• More questions have been raised about the effectiveness of the opposition Syrian National Council after it was forced to deny comments by one of its leaders on the terms of a transition government. George Sabra had suggested that the group was willing to accepted the transfer of power to a regime figure if Assad agreed to step down.
• The Syrian regime is using Iranian-made surveillance drones, according to new video evidence. The specialist Open Source GEOINT website claims to have spotted two of them from satellite imagery at Shayrat airfield in Homs province (see 10.58am).
• The Syrian government claimed statements about chemical weapons made by foreign ministry spokesman Jihad Makdissi yesterday were taken out of context (see 10.02am).
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