Mukhles Khalaf designing the logo for SKS in 2009, lovely man and absolutely devoted to working to create a better world for Kurds and for Syria. Read more
Syrian Observatory for Human Rights: Final death toll for Thursday 23/5/2013: More than 110 were killed, including 80 regime forces and rebel fighters.
-The dead include: 40 unarmed civilians, 33 rebel fighters, a defected lieutenant, a defected soldier, 11 unidentified rebel fighters, and not less than 27 regime forces. Read more
Syrian Observatory for Human Rights: 20 Iraqi jihadists enter Syria and clashes between rebel fighters and al-Nusra front: al-Hasaka province: Kurdish sources confirmed that 20 young men from the Islamic Movement of Iraq, originally from Halabja city, entered the Syrian province for jihad. Clashes broke out between rebel fighters and jihadists from al-Nusra front yesterday in the al-Mahatta city of Seri Kanye (Ras al-A’in), reports indicate that one of the rebel commanders was killed and several were injured from both sides. Kurdish Defence Committees (YPG) strengthened their forces and military checkpoints in the areas and villages south of Karki Laki (M’abda). Read more
Syrian Observatory for Human Rights: Aleppo province: A girl and child were killed and others wounded when the bus transporting them was targeted on the Aleppo-A’frin road. Suzanne Wahid aged 13, and Nesrin Ibrahim Ibrahim is 19 were both killed, and three others were injured.
The Deir Hafer town was bombarded by heavy machine guns from military helicopters. Regular forces took hold of the A’beida village in Reef al-Safira city and are trying to control the al-Shahid village in order to pave way for military reinforcements between the Khanaser town and the Ma’amel al-Difa’ (defence battalions). A rebel commander was killed by clashes with regular forces in the Mangh military airport of Reef Aleppo. Intermittent clashes took place between rebel and regular forces in the Salah al-Din neighbourhood of Aleppo city Read more
3.31 pm:The Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (Mr William Hague): With permission, Mr Speaker, I will make a statement on the conflict in Syria, which continues to worsen.
The Syrian regime’s military offensive against opposition-held areas around Damascus, Homs, Idlib, Hama and Aleppo is intensifying, with complete disregard for civilian life. The death toll has doubled in the first five months of this year and now stands at an estimated 80,000 people. There have been well-verified reports of massacres around Damascus by regime security forces, and of communities killed in cold blood in villages around Baniyas. Online footage has shown bodies heaped in the streets and children butchered in their homes. Ten thousand people are believed to have fled the area in the panic created by these brutal killings, and last week there were unconfirmed reports of further attacks using chemical weapons. Read more
Syrian Observatory for Human Rights: Shari’a Court of Saraqeb publicly lashes 2 civilians. Idlib province: The Shari’a court in the rebel held city of Saraqeb has condemned 2 civilians from the city to 40 and 50 lashes respectively, as punishment for alleged “moral vice”. The first victim, Ahmad al-Ra’i, was sentenced to 50 lashes for allowing his daughter to remarry before the shari’a prescribed limit of waiting 3 months after divorce. Since the shari’a court did not accept the marriage as legitimate, Mustafa Amno -the man Ahmad’s daughter got married to- was sentenced to 40 lashes as corporal punishment. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GT-xHZFBjmo Read more
Syrian Observatory for Human Rights: Aleppo province: A man was shot by a regime sniper centralized near a school near the al-Malhab barrack in the Ziyara Hanan area of A’frin city, as he attempted to flee the area. The Liwa’ al-Tawhid battalion declared the neighbourhoods of al-Sheikh Khudur and al-Sakhour of Aleppo city military areas, accompanied with the dispersal of the battalion’s fighters. This came after members of al-Tawhid were kidnapped and 2 were summarily executed by the Ghuraba’ al-Sham battalion. Clashes broke out yesterday between fighters from the Liwa’ al-Tawhid and the Ghuraba’ al-Sham battalions near the al-Helwaniya square of Aleppo city. Read more
Syrian Observatory for Human Rights:: Aleppo province: A little girl was killed, and her sister wounded by shrapnel to the head, because a mortar shell fell on their house in the Ashrafiya neighbourhood of Aleppo. A rocket fell on the Haydariya roundabout, reports of injuries. Tanks are shelling the al-Zubeir street in the Salaheddin neighbourhood. Rebel fighters launched 5 rockets into the town of al-Nebel and Zahra’, which are inhabited by civilians who are Muslim Shi’a. Rebels used artillery to bombard the Mengh military airport; the airforce bombarded the area around the airport, reports of rebel injuries. Read more
Syrian Observatory for Human Rights: Deir Ezzour province: A video leaked to the SOHR shows a leader from Jabhat al-Nusra executing 11 men in Reef Deir Ezzour. The leader/executioner states in the video that the Shar’ia court of Jabhat al-Nusra in the Eastern Area has ordered the execution “of these infidel soldiers for the massacres they committed in Syria”. The SOHR has been unable to verify the identities of the killed men, or whether they were in the armed forces or civilians. Nor has the SOHR been able to verify the date the murders took place. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9cc-HC1CnJg&feature=youtu.be Read more