Saturday 27 October 2012

What is this! – – Haven’t the ‘rebels’ got better things to do than trying to kill Kurds?

From Ronahi TV27 October 2012 09:27 // Youtube – longer version

Syrian Observatory for Human Rights: Summarized final death toll for Saturday 27/10/12: More than 120 Syrians were killed yesterday. The dead include: 62 unarmed civilians (5 children), 23 rebel fighters, 2 unidentified rebels and no less than 36 regime forces.

Preliminary death toll for Saturday 27/10/12/. Approximately 50 Syrians were killed so far today:  The dead include: 29 unarmed civilians, 4 rebel fighters, 2 unidentified rebels and at least 16 regime forces.
29 Unarmed Civilians:

– In Reef Dimashq province 16 were killed. 6 were killed in the Douma city, a young girl and 3 men were shot by sniper, 2 were killed by bombardment on the city. 1 died of wounds he received earlier by bombardment on the Kafrbatna town. 1 was killed by bombardment on the fields of Mesraba town. 8 were killed by aerial bombardment on a building of the A’rbin town, only one corpse was extracted from the building up until now.

– In Deir Izzor province 3 were kiled by a detonated car explosion on the main road of Deir Izzor city, 1 name was documented up till now.

– In Idlib province 3 were killed. 1 was killed by bombardment on the Kafrouma town. 1 died of wounds he received 5 days earlier by bombardment on the M’aret al-Nu’man city. 1 was killed by bombardment on the al-Maland village of Reef Jusr al-Shughour.

– In Hama province 3 were killed. 1 from the Zour Heisa village of Reef Hama was shot after detainment by pro regime militants on the Tibet al-Imam road. 2 women from the Abi al-Fida’ suburb of Hama city were killed after midnight when their car was targeted in the city.

– In Dera’a province 2 were killed. 1 from the Da’el town was shot by sniper in the Dera’a city. A child was shot in the al-Sheikh Muskin town.

– In Aleppo province a child was shot by sniper in the Bustan al-Basha neighbourhood of Aleppo city.

– In Damascus province a civilians from the Mukhayam al-Yarmouk camp was found dead after he was summarily executed, based on activists from the area.


4 Rebel Fighters:

– In Deir Izzor province 2 rebel fighters were killed by a car explosion on the main road of Deir Izzor city.

– In Idlib province 2 rebel fighters were killed. A 17 year old rebel’s corpse was found under the rubble by bombardment on the Kafrsajna town days earlier. 1 died of wounds he received earlier by bombardment on the M’arshamsha village.


– 2 unidentified rebel fighters were killed during clashes in the Deir Izzor city.
– No less than 16 regime forces were killed during clashes in several Syrian provinces: 7 in Deir Izzor, 4 in Aleppo and 5 in Reef Dimashq.

NOW! Lebanon
[local time]  22:11 Several people were injured during Syrian security forces’ shelling of the Damascus town of Jawbar, Al-Arabiya quoted activists as saying
 21:39 Syrian regime forces are shelling the town of Maarrat al-Naaman in the district of Edleb, activists reported
 18:58 Fears of new front in conflict emerged as Syrian rebels clashed with Kurdish militia in the northern city of Aleppo
 18:05 Syrian regime tanks have been shelling the Edleb towns of Kafrouma and Kafr Nabel, activists reported.
 17:18 Rebel group in northern Syria is holding a Lebanese journalist because his reports are “not compatible with the revolution.”
 16:54 Syria’s death toll increased to 42 people killed by Syrian regime gunfire, Al-Arabiya quoted activists as saying.
 16:33 Syrian regime troops are shelling the Edleb town of Deir Sombol, activists reported.
 16:18 8 people were killed in the first air strike in Syria since the declaration of the Eid al-Adha truce, a watchdog told AFP.
 14:02 A number of people were killed and others wounded in the Syrian regime’s shelling of Arbil outside Damascus, Al-Arabiya television quoted activists as saying.
 11:53 A car bomb attack in front of a church and close to a restaurant in the east Syria city of Deir Ezzor killed at least five people Saturday, a watchdog said, while the regime blamed the blast on “terrorists.”
 10:38 UN-Arab League envoy Lakhdar Brahimi’s ceasefire plan to stop fighting in Syria has been a failure, a rebel commander said on Saturday, after almost 150 people reportedly died on the first day of the truce.
 9:47 Almost 150 people died on the first day of a barely-observed truce between the warring parties in Syria, a watchdog said, adding that a fresh clashes on Saturday claimed more lives.
 9:44 Thousands of Syrian workers in Lebanon were prevented from returning to their homeland on Thursday due to security measures embraced by the relevant authorities at the Syrian Jadedat Yabous border crossing, the London-based Al-Hayat newspaper reported Saturday.
 8:06 An explosion rocked Deir az-Zour accompanied by heavy gunfire, activists said.

GuardianSyrian figher in Aleppo Syrian rebels and Kurdish militiamen clash in Aleppo

Eid truce broken again with at least 22 thought dead after alleged incursion by Syrian rebels into neutral Kurdish districts

A Syrian rebel takes cover in Karmal Jabl district of Aleppo. Photograph: Narciso Contreras/AP

At least 22 people were killed in clashes between Syrian rebels and Kurdish militia men in Aleppo, Syria‘s largest city.

The fighting broke out despite a truce brokered in honour of the Muslim festival Eid al-Adha, which was also broken in other areas of Syria with sporadic bombings and clashes.

The clashes occurred after rebels pushed into largely Kurdish and Christian areas that have remained relatively quiet during the three-month battle for the city.

Kurds say the rebels had pledged to stay out of their districts. Kurdish groups have for the most part tried to steer a middle course in the conflict between the rebels and the regime of President Bashar al-Assad. Some figures have allied with the rebels, others with Assad, while others have remained neutral.

The UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said 19 rebels and three Kurdish gunmen were killed in the clash that lasted several hours, the group said. A Kurdish official put the death toll at 10 Kurds, but had no figures for the rebels.

Mohieddine Sheik Ali, head of the Kurdish Yekiti party, told the Associated Press that the clashes broke out after rebels entered Ashrafieh, violating “a gentlemen’s agreement” not to go into Kurdish areas in Aleppo.

He said there are 100,000 Kurds in Ashrafieh and many in the nearby Sheik Maksoud area. Sheik Ali said tens of thousands of Arabs have also fled to these districts from the violence across Aleppo.

“Disagreements between our brothers in the [rebel] Free Syrian Army and the Kurdish Popular Defence Units” led to the clashes, he said.

In other violence, the Observatory and the Local Co-ordination Committees reported shelling and shooting on Saturday, mostly in Aleppo, the eastern region of Deir el-Zour, Daraa to the south and suburbs of the capital, Damascus.

Syria mediator Lakhdar Brahimi, the UN-Arab League envoy, mediated a four-day ceasefire that began on Friday to mark the Eid festival.

“The ceasefire collapsed nearly three hours after it went into effect,” said Rami Abdul-Rahman, who heads the observatory. “The only difference is that the fighting is less widespread and the regime has not been using its air force since the ceasefire began.”

State-run Syrian TV also reported on Saturday that rebels violated the ceasefire by detonating a car bomb outside an Assyrian Christian church in the eastern city of Deir el-Zour, near the border with Iraq.

The violence came a day after car bombs and clashes left more than 100 dead.

Eyewitness: Yayladagi refugee camp

Refugee children pose during the first day of Eid al-Adha at Yayladagi refugee campPicture, 27 Oct 2012:Photographs from the Guardian Eyewitness series

Reuters: Syria bombards major cities, weakening truce

BEIRUT – Forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad renewed their bombardment of major cities on Saturday and rebels launched several attacks, further undermining a truce meant to mark the Muslim Eid al-Adha religious holiday. | Video

Forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad renewed their bombardment of major cities on Saturday and rebels launched several attacks, further undermining a truce meant to mark the Muslim Eid al-Adha religious holiday.

The violence, reported by residents, opposition supporters and Syria’s government, came on the second day of the ceasefire called by international peace envoy Lakhdar Brahimi, who had hoped to use it to build momentum to end the 19-month-old conflict in which an estimated 32,000 people have been killed.

Syrian state news SANA reported dozens of “ceasefire violations” by rebel groups including a car bomb in front of a Christian church in the eastern city of Deir al-Zor.

Activists in Deir al-Zor and in Aleppo, which is Syria’s most populous city and about half controlled by rebels, said mortar bombs were being fired into residential areas.

Residents in Damascus posted internet footage of fighter jets they said bombed the suburbs of Erbin and Harasta. Eight people were killed, according to the residents and to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a British-based opposition organisation with a network of sources within Syria.

It was not possible to verify events due to Syria’s restrictions on media access.

The army has said it agreed to the ceasefire but that it has a duty to respond to rebel attacks.

A commander from the rebel Free Syrian Army said his force would honour the truce but demanded Assad meet opposition demands for the release of thousands of detainees. Some Islamist militants, including the Nusra Front, said they would keep on fighting.

More than 150 people were killed on Friday, including 43 soldiers, said the Observatory for Human Rights. Most were shot by sniper fire or in combat, the Observatory said.


The conflict pits Assad, whose minority Alawite sect is distantly related to Shi’ite Islam, against mainly Sunni Muslim rebels. Recent attacks, such as Saturday’s bomb by a Syriac church, point to an increasingly sectarian conflict.

The Observatory released a statement on Saturday condemning a clash on Friday in the Aleppo district of Ashrafieh between rebels and an armed wing of the Kurdish Democratic Union Party, which left 30 dead.

“(The fight) threatens dire consequences. It will work in the interests of the regime, which is working hard to incite national sedition and sectarianism,” said Observatory head Rami Abdelrahman.

Syrian state TV said two people were killed in Ashrafieh, after “terrorists” opened fire on a demonstration calling for them to leave the area.

Syrian Kurds have long faced discrimination, a lack of full citizenship rights and forced displacements. But Assad sought to dissuade them from joining the uprising against him that erupted elsewhere in March 2011 by promising citizenship.

About 10 percent of the population, Kurds have been able to exploit an uneasy vacuum left by Assad’s retreating forces to set up their own militia, some with ties to the government. [SKS question – Who has ties to the Government?]

Rebels in Azaz, a northern Syrian town, reported on their Facebook page that they have detained Lebanese journalist Fidaa Itani. They said Itani, who works for LBCI television, was put under house arrest as his work was “incompatible with the course of the Syrian revolution.”


A Reuters cameraman in the Turkish border village of Besaslan in southern Hatay province said he could hear a helicopter circling on the Syrian side of the border, as well as gunfire and explosions.

Turkish ambulances were ferrying wounded people from an unofficial border crossing for treatment in Turkey.

Brahimi’s ceasefire appeal won widespread international support, including from Russia, Chinaand Iran, Assad’s main foreign allies.

The peace envoy’s predecessor, former U.N. chief Kofi Annan, declared a ceasefire in Syria on April 12, but it soon fell apart, along with the rest of his six-point peace plan.

Divided international powers have been unable to stop the violence, with the West condemning Assad but blaming Russia, Iran and China for supporting Damascus.

Russia’s deputy foreign minister Gennady Gatilov tweeted on Saturday that “Westerners” in the United Nations Security Council had prevented the body from condemning a bomb attack in Damascus on Friday, which the Syrian government blames on rebels it labels as “terrorists.”

(Additional reporting by Mert Ozkan in Besaslan, Gleb Bryanski in Moscow and Khaled Yacoub Oweis in Amman; editing by Jason Webb.)