Tuesday 1 October 2013

2012 Nov 18 ObservatorySyrian Observatory for Human Rights:  More than 115 thousand killed in Syria. The SOHR has documented 115,206 casualties since the beginning of the uprisings in 18/3/2011, from the first casualty in Dera’a, up till 30/09/2013.

Civilians: 40,146. Including 6,087 children and 4,079 women.

Rebel fighters: 17,071

Defected soldiers and officers: 2,176

Regular soldiers and officers: 28,804

Unidentified casualties (documented by pictures and footages): 2,760

Unidentified and foreign rebel fighters (mostly the latter): 4.460

Popular defence committees, National defence forces, Shabiha and pro-regime informers: 18,228

Fighters from the Lebanese Hezbollah: 174


The death toll does not include more than 10,000 detainees and missing persons inside regime prisons.

Nor does it include more than 3,00 regular soldiers and officers held captives by rebel fighters.

We also estimate the real number of casualties from regular forces and rebel fighters to be twice the number documented, because both sides are discreet about the human losses caused by clashes.

It is worth mentioning that the SOHR has refrained in the past days from cooperating and supplying some international bodies with our figures. this decision was taken because of their continued use of these figures without doing further investigation of these war crimes. We want these crimes to be verified from international bodies and taken to the International Criminal Court so as all oppressors of the Syrian people face justice.

Given this massive number of casualties and these tragic human losses, who are not solely numbers but are lives horribly lost. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights calls upon the UN security-general Mr. Ban Ki Moon and the international community to exert all effort on ending the ongoing violence in Syria, to increase humanitarian assistance and to work on a political solution for a future democratic, civil, just and equal country and to maintain the rights of all Syrian components.

Aleppo province: Areas in al-Safira city were bombarded by regular forces which led to the death of 1 woman and several injuries. A man was shot by regime sniper at the Karaj al-Hajz crossing today, based on activists from the area. Clashes broke out between regular forces and the ISIS, al-Nusra and some rebel factions in the perimeter of Khanaser town, in an attempt by regular forces to regain control of the road that extends to Ma’amel al-Difa’ near al-Safira city. Clashes continued till the afternoon between YPG fighters and the ISIS and rebel fighters, clashes broke out yesterday morning in the perimeter of a village in Reef Jandeiras, reports that 1 fighter from the ISIS and rebel factions was killed and another severely wounded. Clashes broke out between rebel and regular forces in the al-Sayid A’li neighbourhood of Halab al-Qadima in Aleppo city. The airforce carried out an air raid on the perimeter of Khanaser. Helicopters dropped explosive barrels on Jub al-Ghaws near the Khanaser town, along with violent clashes between rebel and regular forces in southern Reef Aleppo. Rebel fighters hit a fighter airplane above Khanaser. YPG fighters attacked ISIS headquarters earlier this morning in the Bana Qila village near Jandeiras and the Atama town of Reef Idlib, reports that at least 4 ISIS fighters were killed. Clashes broke out between YPG and rebel fighters in the al-Sakan al-Shababi area. Reports that at least 20 fighters from al-Nusra and rebel factions by bombardment on Khnaser.

Reuters: Russia doubts mid-November date for Syria peace talks

(Reuters) – Russia expressed doubt on Tuesday that Western nations can persuade Syrian opposition representatives to take part in an international peace conference in time for it to take place in mid-November.

The doubts of Damascus’s most important ally followed remarks in which the international envoy for Syria, Lakhdar Brahimi, said the target date of mid-November was “not 100 percent certain” and cited disunity among rebel forces.

“Until recently we hoped our Western partners, who undertook to bring the opposition to the conference, could do it quite quickly, but they were unable to do it quickly, and I don’t know whether they will be able to do so by mid-November,” Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said.

A pledge by the Syrian government to abandon chemical arms has increased prospects for the peace conference, proposed by Russia and the United States in May, to go ahead.

U.N. Security Council powers hope it can be held in mid-November. Lavrov said it must be organized soon since “radicals and jihadists are strengthening their positions” in Syria.

“The task is to not lose any more time, and to bring to the negotiating table with the government those opposition groups that … think not about creating a caliphate in Syria or just seizing power and using it at their will, but about the fate of their country,” Lavrov said after meeting Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu, secretary general of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation.

Lavrov also called into question the thoroughness of a U.N. chemical weapons mission after suggesting that it had not examined a site outside of Aleppo where Russia and the Syrian government say rebel forces likely used chemical weapons.

“The commission recently returned (to Syria) and already announced that it finished its work and is returning to New York,” said Lavrov.

“As far as I understand, they examined several more places where there are claims chemical weapons were used near Damascus. And as before, the commission did not travel to the outskirts of Aleppo, where a serious incident of the use of chemical weapons occurred on March 19.”

Syrian rebels blame Assad’s government for that attack.

Russian experts visited the location earlier this year and took samples of material from the site that were later analyzed at a Russian laboratory certified by the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, Russia’s U.N. envoy said previously.

The site was one of the places covered in the U.N. committee’s mandate. “And so we want to understand whether the mission’s report will be complete or incomplete,” Lavrov said, “considering that this mission was not able to visit all the locations named in its initial mandate.”

(Writing by Steve Gutterman, Editing by Timothy Heritage/Mark Heinrich)