Saturday 28 July 2012

Syrian Observatory for Human Rights: “At least 20,028 people, among them 13,978 civilians and rebels, 968 army defectors and 5,082 members of the regime forces have been killed since the start of the revolt on March 15 of last year,” Rami Abdel Rahman, director of the Britain-based Observatory, told AFP by phone.

The Observatory counts people who have taken up arms as civilians and keeps a separate tally for army defectors.

At least 90 people were killed across Syria on Saturday, including 29 in northern Aleppo, the country’s commercial capital, where regime forces battled rebels in a long-anticipated assault.

In the past week, at least 100 people have been killed every day, including on Friday, when at least 148 people were killed, according to the watchdog’s figures.

Final report for 28/7/2012: More than 190 Syrians have been reported, and verified as, killed on Saturday 28/7/2012:
113 Unarmed civilians:
-In Dera’a province 10 people were killed. 4 citizens from the city of Dara’a: a child and a civilian were killed by snipers in the neighborhood of Dera’a al-Balad, 1 by a sniper in the neighborhood of al-Sabeel, a citizen after a shooting during a raid on camp for refugees. A citizen from the province was killed in the neighborhood of al-Qadam in Damascus. 2 civilians were killed by shelling the towns Abto’a and Um al-Mayatheen in reef Dara’a. A man and his sister were killed from the shelling of al-Hirak town. A citizen from the town al-ghrea was killed after being arrested by troops when he attempted to cross the Jordanian-Syrian borders.

-Aleppo province 17 citizens were killed. 14 citizens in the city of Aleppo, 3 women and a girl aged 15 years and a child at the age of 12 years were killed during the shelling and shooting in the neighborhoods of al-Ansari, Salahuddin, and Ameriyah. The corpse of a 3 year-old-child was found this morning. 2 men from earlier wounds. A citizen by a sniper in the neighborhood of al-Khalidiya. 5 citizens were killed during the shelling and by snipers. The bodies of three brothers from the town of Hayyan were found near the town of Hraitan, according to activists that the three brothers were abducted by Syrian regime forces.

-In Homs province 8 including children were killed as a result of the bombing on al-Rastan in Reef Homs. A little girl died from earlier wounds in the Qarabees neighbourhood, city of Homs.

-In Idlib province 8 citizens were killed. 4 killed as a result of bombing in the town Al-Habit including an elderly man at the age of 80, a mother and her two children. A child at midnight on Friday after the bombing of the town Sarjeh. A 15-year-old boy from Deir Simbel died in the town of Ma’arat Naman, he was shot by a sniper. A citizen was found murdered in the town of Sraqib. 1 citizen shot dead by regular forces this morning in the city of Idlib .

-In the province of Hama 11 citizens. 1 of them by random fire in the neighborhood of al-Dabbagha in Hama. 1 by sniper fire in the al-Arba’een neighbourhood. 1 citizen from Hama was killed by regime fire in Damascus. 1 shot dead by the regular forces in the town of Al-Latamna. 8 people (a girl, a media activist, and 6 civilians) were killed in the town of Qal’at al-Madiq and at a checkpoint town al-Tawaina and the village of Asharna. a doctor from the city of al-Salamiya was killed by excessive torture while being detained by the Syrian authorities.

-In the Reef Dimashq 33 killed. 29 people have so far been killed by the bombardment and gunfire in the town of Ma’adamiyat al-Sham, the dead include 4 children (3 of them girls), and a paramedic; 5 people were murdered in the town by white arms (sharp or blunt weapons that kill in close range). A civilian with special needs was killed in the city of Erbin. A young man was killed by a shell that fell on his home in the city of al-Tel. 2 were shot dead by the regime forces in the towns of al-Qateefeh and Ein Terma.

-In Damascus 1 citizen was killed by a sniper in the neighborhood of al-Qadam in Damascus.

-In the province of Latakia 3 killed. A woman and her child after the vehicle they were in, on the Aleppo-Latakia road, was attacked. 1 killed by bombardment in Doreen.

-In the province of Deir Izzor 23 killed. 17 civilians, 14 of them women, were killed by a shell in the al-Ummal neighbourhood of Deir Izzor. 3 died by gunfire and bombing in the city of Deir Izzor. The bodies of 3 civilians were found in the city of al-Mayadeen, they were detained only yesterday by regime forces; their bodies had signs of torture.


36 Rebel fighters:

Homs prov: 2 rebels killed. 1 killed from clashes in al-Qarabees neighbourhood Homs. 1 in the city of al-Qusair.

Aleppo prov: 13 rebels killed. 12 rebel fighter were killed by clashes and bombardment in the city of Aleppo. 1 rebel died of wounds in reef Aleppo.

Idlib prov: 1 rebel fighter killed by an ambush by regular troops. 1 rebel killed by sniper in the town of Khan Sheikhoun, Reef Idlib.

Hama prov: 6 rebel fighters killed in the town of Qal’at al-Madiq, at a checkpoint town Atawaina and the village of Asharna.

Reef Dimashq: 5 rebel fighters were killed by an ambush set up for them by regime forces in the town of al-Ibadeh.

Latakia prov: 3 combatants were killed in clashes with government forces in the village of Doreen Reef Latakia.
Deir Izzor prov: 5 rebel fighters were killed during clashes around the city of Deir Izzor.

Dera’a prov: A rebel fighter died from earlier wounds received during the clashes in the refugee camp in the city.


3 unidentified bodies were found in the Jam’iyat al-Zahra’ neighbourhood, Aleppo city.

A defected officer, rank of captain, was killed by clashes in Reef Latakia. A defected sergeant was killed by excessive torture in reef Dera’a. a defected soldier was killed during clashes in Reef Idlib.

No less than 41 members of the Syrian regular forces were killed from clashes in the provinces of Aleppo, Homs, Reef Dimashq, Deir Izzor, Hama, and Dera’a

Footage sent to the SOHR shows 4 members of the security forces being detained by rebel fighters in Reef Aleppo. Some of the detainees seem badly injured. The person behind the camera states that the prisoners will be beheaded because of their acts.

NOW! Lebanon
[local time]
  22:28 Saturday’s death toll increased to 155, Al-Jazeera quoted activists as saying.
 21:53 A New Yorker magazine reporter 
said he met in Aleppo’s Azaz with three of the 11 Lebanese Shiite pilgrims who were kidnapped in Syria in May this year.
 21:04 Syrian authorities Saturday 
released a Czech woman held since the end of last month on suspicion that she had links with the opposition fighting the Damascus regime, the Czech Foreign Ministry said.
 19:28 Saturday’s death toll in Syria increased to 120, Al-Arabiya quoted activists as saying.
 18:17 French President Francois Hollande on Saturday 
urged the UN Security Council to rapidly intervene in the Syria conflict to pre-empt an all-out civil war.
 17:19 More than 20,000 people have been killed in Syria since the start of an anti-regime revolt in March 2011, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights 
said on Saturday.
 17:08 Saturday’s death toll increased to 100, Al-Arabiya quoted activists as saying.
 16:05 A five-day Saudi fundraising campaign to support the people in Syria has raised more than $72.33 million, the kingdom’s Interior Minister Prince Ahmed bin Abdul Aziz 
was quoted as saying Saturday.
 16:04 Saturday’s death toll increased to 81 people, Al-Jazeera quoted a rights group as saying.
 16:01 The UN refugee agency UNHCR 
said in a weekly report that more than 34,000 Syrian refugees in Lebanon were receiving aid, adding that the number of those registered with the agency was 31,596, the National News Agency reported on Saturday.
 14:51 At least 15 people were killed by Syrian security forces in Maadamiyah near Damascus, Al-Arabiya reported.
 14:41 Russia 
said Saturday it would not cooperate with a new round of European Union sanctions against Syria and would not consent to inspections of ships flying the Russian flag.
 14:17 A YouTube video purportedly filmed on Saturday shows the shelling of the Salaheddine neighborhood in Aleppo by Syrian regime forces amid sounds of intermittent gunfire.
 13:00 Two Italian technicians, who worked as subcontractors in Syria for Italian energy group Ansaldo, were released late on Friday after going missing for a week, the official SANA news agency said.
 12:02 Russia 
warned Saturday that a “tragedy” was looming in Syria’s second city of Aleppo, but said it was unrealistic to expect the government would stand by when armed rebels were occupying major cities.
 11:16 Saturday’s death toll in Syria rose to 41 people, Al-Jazeera quoted activists as saying.
 9:24 Syrian regime forces killed 30 people on Saturday, mostly in Edleb and the Damascus district, Al-Jazeera quoted activists as saying.
 9:07 Syrian Ambassador to Belarus Farouq Taha 
announced Friday evening its defection from the Syrian regime, Al-Jazeera reported.
 8:20 The Syrian army 
launched a threatened counter-offensive against rebel fighters in Aleppo on Saturday, pouring troops into the southwest of the commercial hub, a human rights group said.
 7:39 Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Friday 
urged international action in Syria, saying it was not possible “to remain a spectator” to the regime’s offensive on its second city Aleppo.
 7:34 Analysts 
said that Turkey’s warnings that it would go after Kurdish militants in Syria be dangerous for Ankara and further complicate Syria’s deadly conflict and the volatile regional situation.

Reuters:  Annan fears “imminent battle” in Syria’s Aleppo: TAL RIFAAT, Syria – International mediator Kofi Annan said he feared an “imminent battle” for Syria’s biggest city Aleppo. | Video

Russia says “not thinking about” asylum for Assad: MOSCOW – Russia has made no agreement to grant Syrian President Bashar al-Assad asylum and is “not even thinking about” doing so, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Saturday.

Rebels hold 100 Syria loyalists in Aleppo-monitor: BEIRUT – Rebels have detained at least 100 Syrian officers, soldiers and pro-government militiamen this week in the city of Aleppo, where a major battle is anticipated, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Friday.
BBC: News – Syria army mounts air and land attack on Aleppo1 day ago – Rebel fighters in Aleppo, Syria (28 July 2012) Rebel fighters have been battling to maintain control of Aleppo. Russia, an ally of Syria, warned …