It’s 1982 all over again in Syria, and not only in Hama. Deir Ezzor and several Damascene neighborhoods are receiving a similar treatment. Where in the world is Obama, Sarkozy, Erdogan?
Live Coverage of the Hama Situation
It’s is indeed as I said yesterday, Bashar Al-Assad 7 family seem to have concluded a new pact with his security and army chiefs, and now we can see its fruits. With Turkish PM, Erdogan, silent and with his own growing troubles with his own army, and with France and the U.S. unwilling to play any active role in pressuring the Assads over the last couple of weeks, the Assad and his generals seem to think this is their moment to strike to reassert their control over the country before the beginning of Ramadan. This is indeed a major setback for the protest movement.
In Deir Ezzor City, loyalist troops bombarded Al-Jourah Neighborhood lying on the highway connecting Deir Ezzor and Aleppo and where over 50 defectors from the 7th Regiment are said to be barricaded, killing 5 inhabitants. Meanwhile, reinforcement entered the city and surrounded the Governor’s mansion. Still, most neighborhoods in the City remain for the most under the control of the protesters who used minarets to warn loyalists against intruding any further in the city. For his part, Colonel Riyad Al-Asaad who announced his defections with his troops, said to be in the hundreds staying in an unspecified area near the Turkish border, vowed in a telephone call with AFP that he will said his troops to Deir Ezzor in case of a major military incursion. The situation throughout the City and the province remains pretty tense.