Saturday, August 6, 2011

On the 5th Day of Ramadan!

With more tanks and more troops deployed in more communities, towns and suburbs throughout Syria, it should clear that the Assads are at war with the majority of Syrians.   

Friday August 5, 2011

Al-Arabiya website reports that a committee affiliated with UNHCR will be publishing in the coming days a 20-page reports detailing involvement of Hezbollah and Iranian elements in the killing of Syrian army troops and officers who refused to follow shoot-on-sight orders. This will be the first such independent confirmation of involvement by Hezbollah and Iran in the current crackdown against pro-democracy protesters in Syria. The report is in part based on eyewitness accounts by defectors in Turkish refugee camps.

Eyewitnesses report that 20 babies died in their incubators in Al-Horani Hospital after Assad security forces cut off electricity to the hospital and refused to supply gas for the generators. Food supplies all over the city are running short, and due to power failure, food in storage units, including baby formulas, have spoiled. Entire neighborhoods have been deserted and leveled due to shelling. The death toll is currently estimated at 4-500. Security forces have reportedly been using nail bombs, outlawed internationally, and known to have killed 4 people today. Sound bombs are also being used to terrify inhabitants. People on motorcycles are targeted. Aassi Square has been completely occupied by 500 army forces from the 7th Division who shoot any civilian who tries to speak to them, as some have tried. Security forces also forbade people from attending Frida prayers, threatening to level any minaret that issues the call to prayer and any mosque that holds them.

At least 18 protesters have been killed by Assad security forces in protests that broke out all over Syria (death toll does not include Hama City). Most deaths happened in suburbs and neighborhoods in Damascus as the protest movement gains more strength there.

… a Swiss radio journalist, Gaëtan Vannay, spent ten days in the city, managing to escape during the military onslaught sometime early this week. He reported that before the tanks and troops moved in, the city was calm, calling government claims that the city had been overtaken by violent chaos “pure propaganda.”
Hama was remarkably peaceful after security forces withdrew in June. Violence only erupted when the government, fearing the momentum the city might provide the uprising, began its ferocious assault on Sunday. Although government officials insist protesters were armed, not a single weapon was seen in the streets on a recent visit, an account confirmed by diplomats in their trips there. Barricades were set up, but only to block the return of the military and security forces.
Even as UNICEF squanders charitable donations on programs designed to prop up the government in Damascus, the Iranians are making their own investment in the longevity of the Assad regime.
Inhabitants in Deir al-Zor, however, affirmed by telephone that a tribal meeting was held this week and said members of the local People's Committees, one of the main anti-Assad activist groups, had been preparing them for a possible army onslaught. They said city was tense and people were stocking up food, water and bread in preparation for the assault.
Security forces have shot dead at least 14 people as thousands of Syrians rallied in the streets against President Bashar al-Assad on the first Friday of Ramadan to support the protest hub of Hama, activists say. Seven people were killed in Irbin, two in Damir, and one in Maadamiya, all near Damascus, and three in Homs," Rami Abdel Rahman, head of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, told AFP by telephone on Friday.
Now that there is some progress from Washington, more can be done that still falls well short of going to war.  The White House that likes to talk about “smart power” should lay some on…
Facing unprecedented opposition from the streets and growing isolation on the international front, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad can still rely on his family. The Assad clan, which comes from the minority Alawi community (around 12% of the Syrian population), has been at the helm of the country since 1970. Bashar took over from his father Hafez al-Assad, who died in 2000, but his leadership relies on the unflinching support of his next-of-kin.
No one foresaw that this mountain sect would one day produce the rulers of Syria. But the crimes of the Assads can no more be blamed on its teachings than those of Saddam Hussein on Sunni Islam.
The Austria Press Agency reported Friday that printing company OeBS — a subsidiary of the country's central bank — said it had a contract with Syria from 2008 to deliver lira bank notes.
Yet, as the documents show, both administrations chose not to sanction much of his inner circle until the Arab Spring spread this year to Syria. The Obama administration and European allies haven't yet declared Assad an illegitimate leader who must go, as they did with Libya's Gadhafi.
WASHINGTON — The United States has urged US citizens to depart Syria "immediately," and noted that the Damascus government has placed "severe" constraints on the travel of US diplomats in the country.

The major battle might be taking place in Hama City, but major parts of Homs and Damascus are fast becoming war zones as well for all intents and purposes. Day Five of Ramadan came and went, and it is now clear: the Assads are at war with the majority of the Syrian people, with aliens from outer space, with the shadows in their minds and the demons in their souls. The only thing we can do to manage this situation is fight back, peacefully, to the end. And it will be sweet in spite of their machinations.

Hama City: the massacres continue to unfold ,

Homs / Deir Baalbah: worshippers get targeted by snipers even as they stay inside a mosque, one is clearly wounded as tanks move into the town . Still, thousands take to the streets after Night Prayer calling for toppling the regime . Khaldiyeh , later in the day, tanks shell their way into the neighborhood , In the evening, and after Night Prayers, protester come out again , then the shelling resumes , . Al-Bayadah , earlier in the day , , , . Abbas Mosque: worshippers unable to leave as they get pinned by snipers . Bab Al-Sibaa: protesters play a dangerous game of defiance with snipers Unsurprisingly, someone got hurt Earlier in the day, the protests went peacefully , , . Homs / Al-Mreijeh Neighborhood: a Tank patrols the narrow streets of the neighborhood like something out of War of the Worlds, which is probably close to describing the ethos of this conflict , . Bab Amr: neighborhood comes under fire at night .

Protesters in Moadamiyeh face to pro-Assad militias , security forces patrol the streets . In Arbeen, protesters confront army troops “we are not infiltrators, we are peaceful” and “long live the army,” still, as we can hear at the end of clip, the shooting begins , . Security officers roam the streets of Arbeen , , Rescuing the wounded A martyr . More maneuvering between security forces and protesters in Arbeen and Zamalka . In Daraya, security officers and militias shoot at protesters , . Dmeir: protesters come under intense gunfire leaving few fatalities . Douma: Night protesters come under intensive fire Noontime protesters came under fire as well ,  , , Pro-Assad militias in action in Douma , , , More shooting  A seriously wounded protester . Before the gunfire , Mourners come under fire in Douma  , . Harasta Noontime , . At night, protesters come under fire , .

Defections continues in the ranks of army and security forces , ,  

Al-Holeh Noon-time
Rastan: thousands take to the streets , A recently uploaded clip shows the shelling the city underwent during the last military incursion
Brazil Street: (because of the hesitant stand by Brazil in the UNSC, protesters are seriously considering renaming the street after one of their martyrs)

Zabadani: despite the siege, people come out in droves after Night Prayers
In Madaya, and despite the siege, people take to the streets after noon prayers
Midan: thousands take to the streets after Night Prayers , several hundreds attended a demonstration earlier in the day , ,
Saqba: thousands take part in this noon-time protest
Moadamiyeh: the kidnapping of Ahmad Jaber who was later returned dead

Al-Ramel: Noontime, protesters take to the streets chanting “the people want to execute the President” ,
Al-Bazar Mosque is surrounded by security

Deir Ezzor
Deir Ezzor City: Noon-time , , , After Night Prayers , . But in the nearby Jourah Neighborhood, tanks fill the streets .
Mayadeen Noon-time and because it is too hot for some . In the evening
Qouriyeh Noontime

Sakhour: despite their small numbers, protesters come under fire

Deraa City: security forces fill the streets at night . Leaked video from Deraa shows Assad Death Squads celebrating their “conquest” and shouting “We sacrifice our blood and soul for you, Bashar”

Ma’arrat Al-Nouman
Kafar Nabbol: protesters come under fire for shouting “the people want to execute the President” Tanks in the city A wounded protester  
Jabal Al-Zawiyeh / Kafar Ouaydeh ,

Baniyas: security forces patrol the city  but in the nearby village of Baydah, protesters held a brief demonstrations

Al-Qamishly: Noontime