Thursday 10 October 2013

2013 October 10 Sherwan _ Salih MuslimWith respect and our condolences to Saleh Muslim, his wife Aysha, their family and friends, and all Kurds who are celebrating the short life of and dealing with the too early death of their son, Shervan  who was killed yesterday by jihadists while he was protecting the Kurdish area in Syria, and creating a safe haven for those who wanted to lay down their weapons and live together in peace:

Memorial ceremony for Shervan Muslim in BrusselsA memorial ceremony for Martyr Shervan Mislim Mohamed, the son of PYD (Democratic Union Party) co-chair Salih Mislim Mohamed, will be held on 13/10/2013 in the Belgian city of Liege 11:00 a.m-18:00 p.m.

Mohamed lost his life in the battle for freedom and democracy against the Jihadist battalions of al Nusra and Islamic State of Iraq and al Sham (ISIS) in Tell Abyad on Tuesday.

Firat: Turkey puts up a wall between Serêkaniyê and Ceylanpinar

Turkey has started to put up a wall between West and North Kurdistan after the border gate between Serêkaniyê and Ceylanpinar was taken by YPG (People’s Defense Units) forces in mid July.

The photos of the wall between Mardin’s Nusaybin district and the Qamishlo city in Rojava, published by ANHA news agency, show that the height of the wall has reached three meters and is reinforced with sandbags.

Turkey had taken no precautions in the mentioned border area while it was under the control of al-Qaeda linked gang groups whose militants have been brought from across the world to Syria via Turkey. The Turkish state also provided the armed groups with ammunition.

The wall is reportedly being put up on the grounds of smuggling activities in the region.

Deputy mayor of Nusaybin, Ay?e Gökkan, said that the wall was a disgrace witnessed in the 21st century.

YPG fighters had repulsed the al-Qaeda linked groups from the Qamishlo city in  two days after the armed gang groups attacked the city on 16 July.

Syrian Observatory for Human Rights: Final death toll for Thursday 10/10/2013: More than 170 people killed in Syria. The dead: 100 civilians (including 11 children and 9 women), 12 rebels, 9 unidentified rebels, 4 ISIS, 7 non-Syrian ISIS and al-Nusra, 13 NDF, 1 defected soldier, 32 regular soldiers.

By province:

Aleppo (7 rebels, 42 civilians). 18 civilians, including 2 women and 4 children, were killed by regime bombardment on al-Sfeira city. 7 civilians were killed by an airstrike on the city of Menbej. 6 civilians were killed by rebel rocket bombardment on the al-A’thamiya neighbourhood of Aleppo. 2 children were killed by the regime bombardment on Sheikh Ahmad village and Tel Ne’am village. 1 man from al-Nejara village was killed by regime bombardment on al-Jubool village. 1 man was killed by a sniper in Sheikh Maqsoud neighbourhood. 2 men were killed by the airforce heavy machine-gunning on Tariq Ma’arat al-Artiq. A man and a woman were killed by snipers at the al-Hajz Garage crossing in Bustan al-Qasr. 2 men died of wounds by regime bombardment on Mashhad neighbourhood. 7 rebels were killed by bombardment on their base and clashes with regime forces in the Ansari and Mashhad neighbourhoods.

Reef Dimashq (1 rebel, 23 civilians). 18 civilians, including 5 Iraqi nationals, were killed by mortar shells launched into the Jaramana suburb of Reef Dimashq, which is regime controlled. 1 rebel was killed by clashes in Mou’adamiyat al-Sham. 1 civilian was killed by regime bombardment on Douma. 1 man from Deir Attiya was tortured to death in regime detention centres. 1 woman died of wounds suffered on 21st of August. A Syrian Palestinian was killed during clashes. 1 man was killed by a sniper in the town of Serghaya.

Homs (16 civilians). 1 man was killed by unknown gunmen in the We’er neighbourhood. 4 men were killed by regime rockets falling on the neighbourhood. 8 civilians, including 2 women, were killed by rockets falling on the vegetable market in the Insha’at neighbourhood. A pregnant woman was killed by bombardment in the city. A woman and a child were killed by rebel rockets falling near the Sayyeda Ruqeyya school in the Zahra’ neighbourhood.

Der’a (13 civilians). 9 civilians, including 2 children and a woman, were killed by the regime bombardment on the city of Nawa. A husband and wife were killed by the regime bombardment on the town of Samad. 2 men from Sanamein were tortured to death in regime detention.

Idlib (2 rebels, 1 civilian). 2 rebels killed by clashes near Ma’arat al-Nu’man and of earlier wounds. 1 man from al-Dana town was killed by a sniper in the al-Itha’a neighbourhood of Aleppo.

Hama (2 civilians). A child was killed by wounds from a sniper in the Feraya neighbourhood. A teenager from Eqeirebat town was killed by a land-mine in the area.

Damascus (1 civilian). A man from al-Asali neighbourhood was killed by the regime bombardment on the neighbourhood.

Deir Ezzour (1 civilian). A man was tortured to death in the detention centres of the security services.

Hasakah (1 civilian). 1 of the local elders in Ras al-Ein (Serekaniyeh) city was shot and killed by the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham, they killed him in his home in the nearby village of Abu Soun.

A defected soldier from the town of Buweida, Reef Dimashq, was killed by clashes with regime forces in the same town.

32 regular soldiers were killed by clashes and IED attacks, snipers: 7 Aleppo, 6 Damascus and Reef Dimash, 3 Quneitira, 2 Homs, 8 Idlib, 5 Hama, 1 Deir Ezzour.

2 rebels, 1 from the ISIS, were by clashes with the YPG in Raqqah and Hasakah provinces. The ISIS fighter was killed when the YPG attacked a heavy machine-gun carrying vehicle near the city of Tal Abyad in Raqqah province.

5 fighters from the ISIS and a rebel battalion were killed by clashes between them in the Intharat neighbourhood, Haydariya area, of Aleppo. The leader of the rebel battalion and 4 ISIS fighters killed.

7 non-Syrian fighters from the ISIS and Jabhat al-Nusra were killed by airforce bombardment and clashes across Syria.

9 unidentified rebels were killed by clashes and bombardment across Syria.

13 members of the National Defence Forces were killed by clashes and attacks on their checkpoints across Syria.

Reports that several non-Syrian militiamen from Shi’a backgrounds, as well as Hizbollah members, were killed and injured during clashes with rebels in the Sayyeda Zeinab area of Reef Dimashq.

Reports that 4 civilians were killed. 2 men from the Midan and Qanawat neighbourhoods of Damascus were tortured to death in regime detention centres. 2 civilians killed by airforce heavy machine-guns on al-Castillo road.

SOHR documented the death of 5 civilians killed earlier. 2 en from the Yarmouk camp in Damascus were killed by gunfire in the camp and near the al-Shami hospital. An elderly man was killed by wounds from helicopter bombardment on the town of Saraqeb, Idlib province. 2 children from the towns of Nubul and Zahra were killed by rebel bombardment on the towns.

REUTERS: Syrian child refugees face exploitation, UNICEF says

GENEVA – Child refugees who have fled Syria’s civil war are vulnerable to exploitation including early marriage, domestic violence and child labor, despite efforts to keep them in school, the U.N. Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said on Thursday.

Turkey since March 2011, the agency says.

Jordan hosts 540,000 Syrian refugees, straining health and education services and already scarce water resources, said Michele Servadei, UNICEF’s deputy representative in Jordan.

Most Syrians live in host communities in the north, while 120,000 are at the teeming Zaatari camp in the Jordanian desert.

“In host communities they are much more exposed to child labor, to early marriage, to exploitation in general,” Servadei told a news briefing in Geneva.

Some 200,000 Syrian refugees in Jordan are school-age, but only 80,000 are enrolled in education, often in classrooms with double shifts. Adolescents aged 14 to 17, many of whom had dropped out of school, were especially at risk, he said.

“The main coping mechanism that these children have in many cases is withdrawal…We noticed that actually many children don’t go out of the house,” he said.

“But the problem is that the house is not the safest place always. There is a high level of domestic violence among communities, definitely because of the war situation, but also because of the protracted displacement and the sense of frustration that it brings.”

Jordan lacks enough shelters for battered women, he added.

UNICEF operates 80 child-friendly spaces in Jordan, offering activities and psycho-social support to young Syrian refugees, some of whom suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder.

An estimated 30,000 Syrian child refugees are working in Jordan, Servadei said. A UNICEF assessment in the Jordan Valley in April identified 3,500 child laborers, mainly seasonal.

“They were working mainly on the farms, in many cases also hard labor, let’s say 10 hours a day using pesticides,” he said. Other children work in family bakeries or as mechanics.

UNICEF is providing cash assistance – 30 Jordanian dinars or about $45 per month – for families to remove a Syrian child from work and return him to school, according to Servadei.

“We monitor the attendance, when the attendance is no longer there, the cash assistance gets stopped,” he said. “But we are checking if that is going to be enough because actually most of these children are earning much more working, unfortunately.”

In 2012, 18 percent of the registered marriages of Syrians in Jordan involved under-18-year-olds, up from 12 percent a year before, he said. Imams have the authority to approve marriages for youths over 16, but these often go unregistered, he said.

Syrian rebels are also alleged to have infiltrated refugee camps in Jordan seeking to recruit young people to fight in their homeland, Servadei said, declining to give specifics.

(Reporting by Stephanie Nebehay; editing by Mike Collett-White)

Guardian: Syria air raids on rebels  kills 30, watchdog says

Syrian air raids on rebel positions in the northern Aleppo and southern Daraa provinces killed 30 people on Thursday, including civilians, a monitoring group said.

With the world’s attention trained on Syria’s chemical weapons, set to be destroyed by international experts under a UN resolution, the latest deaths highlighted the lethality of the regime’s conventional arsenal.

Fighting has raged in Syria’s onetime commercial hub of Aleppo, where President Bashar al-Assad’s regime and rebels have battled street by street for neighborhoods and supply routes.

The raids by planes and helicopters on Thursday killed 16 people, including a woman and two children in the village of Sfire to the east of the city, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

The village is controlled by Islamist groups, including the Al-Qaeda-affiliated Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).

“The regime has bombarded Sfire for two days in order to relieve pressure on the supply route to Aleppo,” which the army reopened earlier this week, said Rami Abdel Rahman, head of the Britain-based group, which relies on a network of activists across the war-torn country.

The route is used not only to ferry weapons and reinforcements to troops at the front, but also to deliver food and medical supplies to civilians in regime-controlled areas.

Another six people, including a woman and a child, were killed in air raids on Menbej, another village east of Aleppo controlled by ISIL and other Islamist groups.

In the southern province of Daraa, where the uprising began in March 2011, eight people, including two children, were killed in air raids on Nawa village, split between the army and rebels.

The General Commission of the Syrian Revolution said there were many people wounded and in serious condition, indicating the toll would rise.

At another front close to Damascus, fierce fighting broke out pitting government troops backed by the Lebanese Hezbollah and pro-regime militiamen against rebels in Bueida and Dyebiye near Sayyeda Zeinab, site of a revered Shiite shrine.

Fighting has been under way for months in the area, where Shiite Hezbollah fighters have long been deployed to assist regime forces and protect the shrine.

State news agency Sana said the army was able to seize control of Dyebiye and Husseiniyah, another nearby district.

The Observatory said troops had seized the nearby villages of Sheikh Amro and Bassatine.