3 Islamic battalions fighters killed by regime forces and its allies in the eastern Ghota.
Islamic battalions targeted with rockets locations for regime forces and NDF in AL-Sayeda Zainab, reports of human losses in regime forces.
2 men from Duma, tortured to death in regime prisons. Read more
– confirmed reports that 2 civilians killed yesterday by shells fell on area in the north of Lattakia city.
– a dissident lieutenant colonel from Homs city, tortured to death in regime prisons after detaining him for 2 years.
– a prisoner died due to the poor life conditions in the central prison of Aleppo.
– an Arabic Kurdish civilian killed by an airstrike on AL-Haydaria neighborhood in Aleppo, activists said that he was working as a media activist .
– activists in Al-Zara village, said that the NDF killed 20 civilians yesterday after it broke into the village.
– 9 fighters from Jabhat AL-Nusra, rebel and Islamic battalions were killed by clashes against ISIS in Aleppo and Hasakah.
– 6 ISIS were killed by clashes against rebel and Islamic battalions in Aleppo, Hasakah and Der-Ezzor .
– reports that 3 ISIS fighters were killed by a YPG sniper in Tal-Abyad countryside, followed by bombardment by ISIS on areas in the town of Ketkanya, which is inhabited by Kurdish civilians.
– 8 unknown rebels killed by clashes against regime forces, bombardment, and targeting their checkpoints .
– 23 National Defense Forces militiamen were killed by clashes and attacks on their checkpoints around Syria.
– 32 regular forces were killed by clashes, snipers, IEDs, and attacks on their checkpoints and vehicles: Damascus and Reef Dimashq 10, Hama 6, Homs 3, Aleppo 5, Idlib 1, Der-Ezzor 1, Der’a 6.
– 2 fighters were killed in Aleppo countryside, they are from AL-Quds brigade which is allied to regime forces.
– 17 non-Syrian fighters from ISIS and Jabhat Al-Nusra were killed by clashes, targeted bombardment.
– 6 Non-Syrian fighters allied to regime forces ( including fighters from Abo Al-Fadel Al-Abbas brigade ).
– 27 fighters from Hezbollah was killed by clashes against Jabhat Al-Nusra and Islamic battalions in Yabroud city.
Our friend and comrade, Canadian photojournalist Ali Mustafa was killed while working in Aleppo, Syria today alongside seven others. They were killed by a bomb dropped from a Syrian government aircraft.
Ali was active in CAIA for several years. Those who knew Ali will remember him for his courage, commitment, generosity, and sweetness. Our thoughts are with Ali’s friends and family.
See some of Ali’s recent photographs from Syria here. http://www.thestar.com/photos/2014/03/09/ali_mustafa_toronto_photographer_killed_in_syria.html
It says thousands of people still trapped there face a “catastrophic humanitarian crisis”.
Amnesty says families have been forced to forage for food in the streets – risking being killed by snipers.
There were reports of fresh fighting on the edge of the camp earlier this week.The BBC’s Rami Ruhayem says fighting has halted the delivery of food parcels to the camp in Damascus
Yarmouk camp, which is estimated to house around 17,000-20,000 Palestinian and Syrian refugees, has seen some of the worst fighting in the capital.
It has been without electricity since April 2013 and most of the hospitals have closed after running out of even the most basic medical supplies.
“Syrian forces are committing war crimes by using starvation of civilians as a weapon of war,” says Philip Luther, Amnesty’s Middle East director.
“The harrowing accounts of families having to resort to eating cats and dogs, and civilians attacked by snipers as they forage for food, have become all too familiar details of the horror story that has materialised in Yarmouk.”
Mr Luther described the siege as “collective punishment” of the civilian population and called on the Syrian government to allow humanitarian agencies immediate access to the camp.
Residents told Amnesty that they have not eaten fruit or vegetables for months and at least 60% of people in Yarmouk are said to be suffering from malnutrition.
The camp was created as a refuge for Palestinians fleeing the 1948 Arab-Israeli war but it became a focus of heavy fighting in Damascus in late 2012 when opposition fighters moved in.
The majority of the 180,000 Palestinians at Yarmouk fled what had been their biggest community in Syria but around 20,000 have been trapped inside since government forces cut it off in July last year.
Last month the UN Security Council agreed a resolution calling for all parties involved in the conflict to immediately lift sieges, but this has so far failed to lead to an improvement in the situation of besieged civilians.
The UN made some aid deliveries but these were halted when a truce between rebels and pro-government Palestinian militants in the camp broke down.
AMMAN – A large Qatar-backed bloc that left Syria’s opposition National Coalition has reversed its decision and wants to rejoin, setting the scene for a clash with the group’s Saudi-backed president, opposition sources said on Sunday.
The 40-member bloc, which quit the 120-member coalition before Syrian peace talks began in Geneva in January, said it had returned to confront what it saw as its unfair exclusion from decision-making.
Infighting within the opposition coalition has undermined rebel efforts to take on forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, and has also played into the hands of rival, more hardline Islamist outfits which include foreign militants.
U.S.- and Russian-sponsored talks to end the three-year-old civil war have stalled after two rounds in which the coalition and Assad’s representatives failed to make substantive progress.
Addressing Arab foreign ministers at an Arab League meeting in Cairo on Sunday, Jarba said the Geneva talks had suffered a “setback” and called for advanced weapons to be supplied to moderate rebel brigades.
“There is no longer space for diplomatic language or political solutions. They (the government) have met the positive signs on our part by…firing tank guns and dropping barrel bombs on unarmed civilians,” he said. “They are people who do not understand anything but force. Only force will deter them.”
Bickering in the coalition reflects regional rivalries that pit Qatar against Saudi Arabia and its allies.
Tensions rose last week when Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain withdrew their ambassadors from Qatar in an unprecedented public split between Gulf Arab allies who have fallen out over the role of Islamists in a region in turmoil.
Within the National Coalition, Qatar’s candidate for the leadership of the group – former Syrian Prime Minister Riyad Hijab – narrowly lost out in January to the Saudi-backed Jarba.
Jarba faces another leadership vote in July, and coalition sources said the bloc’s decision to rejoin the opposition appeared to be aimed at curbing his powers.
“We have decided to resume our political activity in the coalition as a single bloc,” the 40 former defectors said in a statement, citing “perilous changes the Syrian revolt is undergoing”, an apparent reference to rebel infighting.
The bloc also said it expected the Geneva talks to fail and attacked Jarba’s decision to dismiss General Selim Idriss, a commander in the Free Syrian Army (FSA) who opposition sources said had opened channels of communication with Qatar.
Coalition spokesman Monzer Akbik declined to comment on the defectors’ decision to rejoin the coalition.
Haitham al-Maleh, a veteran human rights campaigner who heads the coalition’s legal committee, said the 40 were entitled to attend the body’s next full meeting, which has been delayed but could be held in a few weeks’ time in Cairo.
“I hope they will attend,” Maleh said. “We are in the midst of a revolution. We are trying to prevent Syria from descending into catastrophe. This is not the time for competition over positions.”
But a coalition official, who asked not to be named, warned that the bloc’s return could reignite tensions.
“Jarba is now expected to alter the composition of the FSA members to his advantage and strengthen his control of the coalition. The 40 have returned to try to prevent his re-election when it comes up on July 4,” the official said.
A pro-Jarba opposition source added: “I think Jarba would be making a mistake if he lets the 40 rejoin. He is being urged by his allies not to allow them back in.”
The most influential members of the dissident bloc are Mostafa Sabbagh, a businessman who is Qatar’s point man in the coalition, and Hijab, the most senior figure to defect from Assad’s government since the revolt began.
(Editing by Alistair Lyon)
Giles Duley‘s remarkable portraits taken at Zaatari refugee camp, located in the north of Jordan, for Save the Children:
The Syrian refugee children of Zaatari camp – in picturesThis week, it will be three years since civil war broke out in Syria. To mark the event, Save the Children commissioned Giles Duley to photograph those Syrian children living in Zaatari (a refugee camp located in the north of Jordan) many of whom were born since the conflict started. Duley lost both legs and his left arm after stepping on a landmine while photographing in Afghanistan in 2011 and feels that, thanks to the excellent medical care he received, “my injuries are almost irrelevant now, because I’m back working. All I want is the same opportunity for these people. They’re not there by choice – they just want to rebuild their lives.” Here is a selection of his remarkable portraits for the project. Names have been changed to protect identities
Syrian Observatory for Human Rights: Final death toll for Saturday 08/03/2014, approximately 256 people killed in Syria. The dead : 43 civilians ( 14 children,5 women ), 55 rebels, 35 non-Syrian ISIS, 5 ISIS, 29 NDF, 64 Regular forces, 11 unknown rebels, 7 Non-Syrian fighters allied to regime forces, 2 fighters from Hezbollah. Read more
Syrian Observatory for Human Rights:Final death toll for Friday 07/03/2014, approximately 270 people killed in Syria. The dead : 61 civilians ( 6 children, 4 women ), 75 rebels, 28 non-Syrian ISIS, 12 ISIS, 35 NDF, 44 Regular forces, 7 unknown rebels, 3 Non-Syrian fighters allied to regime forces, 1 fighter from Hezbollah.
Syrian Observatory for Human Rights: Final death toll for Thursday 06/03/2014, approximately 280 people killed in Syria. The dead : 59 civilians ( 12children, 5 women ), 69 rebels, 32 non-Syrian ISIS, 5 ISIS, 34 NDF, 58 Regular forces, 12 unknown rebels, 4 Non-Syrian fighters allied to regime forces, 3 fighters from Hezbollah.
Neither the regime, nor ‘opposition figures’ who do not live in Syria, are able to produce a solution to the civil war, in which around 150,000 people have died and millions have been displaced. The Geneva II conference which took place in the Swiss city of Montreux last month ended without agreement. Whereas in Rojava the Kurds, Arabs, Assyrians, Armenians, Chechens and Circassians are showing the way to a resolution by declaring Democratic Autonomy. Read more
Firat News: ISIS leaves behind destruction
The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), which has been attempting to become influential in Syria and Rojava since spring last year, leaves only wreckage in the places through which it passes. In recent days ISIS retreated from the villages of Dêrcêmêl, Kefer?an, Ke?tear and the Menagh aerodrome in the A’zaz district to the north of Aleppo, after destroying anything that could serve humanity. It has also emerged after the discovery of a mass grave containing 20 bodies in the garden of a villa near Faisal’s mill that these gangs have turned the area into one of mass graves. Read more
Syrian Observatory for Human Rights: Final death toll for Monday 03/03/2014, approximately 222 people killed in Syria. The dead : 29 civilians (2 children, 3 women ), 51 rebels, 32 non-Syrian ISIS, 8 ISIS, 31 NDF, 41 Regular forces, 10 unknown rebels, 7 Non-Syrian fighters allied to the regime. 4 Hezbollah .
– 2 men died due to the lack of food, medicine and poor life conditions in eastern Ghota.
– 2 dissidents from the regime forces from Der’a tortured to death in regime prisons.
– ISIS beheaded a man yesterday, the man turned to be a Kurdish civilian from Kendal village, in the west of Tal-Abyad city, Raqqa .
– 2 ISIS fighters killed by clashes against YPG in Ras Al-Ein countryside, Hasakah.
– 8 fighters from Jabhat AL-Nusra, rebel and Islamic battalions were killed by clashes against ISIS in Hasakah, Aleppo, and Der-Ezzor .
– 6 ISIS were killed by clashes against rebel and Islamic battalions in, Hasakah, Aleppo and Der-Ezzor.
– 10 unknown rebels killed by clashes against regime forces, bombardment, and targeting their checkpoints .
– 31 National Defense Forces militiamen were killed by clashes and attacks on their checkpoints around Syria.
– 41 regular forces were killed by clashes, snipers, IEDs, and attacks on their checkpoints and vehicles: Damascus and Reef Dimashq 16, Hama 6, Aleppo 9, Idlib 5, Der-Ezzor 1 , Der’a 1, Quneitra 3 .
– 32 non-Syrian fighters from ISIS and Jabhat Al-Nusra were killed by clashes, targeted bombardment.
– 7 Non-Syrian fighters allied to regime forces ( including fighters from Abo Al-Fadel Al-Abbas brigade ) .
– 4 fighters in Hezbollah killed by clashes against ISIS, Jabhat Al-Nusra and Islamic battalions in Reef Dimashq.
The YPG Press Office has issued a statement saying 13 members of gangs responsible for attacks on holy places in Til Meruf have been killed in operations launched in response to these attacks.
A statement on the People’s Defence Units (YPG) official website said that armed groups affiliated to the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and other groups connected to Al Qaeda took advantage of the fact YPG forces were in other areas to attack the town of Til Meruf on 27 February. The statement goes on: Read more
Firat News: Evidence of ISIS savagery in Til Meruf
ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria) gangs that attacked the village of Til Meruf near the town of Tirbespiyê in West Kurdistan left a trail of destruction behind them after being expelled from the village. These gangs, that claim to act in the name of religion, first destroyed the tomb of Sheikh Khaznawi and then attacked a mosque with 4 minarets and houses belonging to the inhabitants, before abducting 9 people. Read more