Thursday, September 8, 2011

Homs: War-Torn & Defiant!

Nothing outlast the Homsis, they keep going and going and going… until a certain regime is over and done with. Still, a little international help wouldn't hurt, as the local division representing the Free Officers Movement made abundantly clear in its first official statement today.

Wednesday September 7, 2011

40 people were killed by Assad security forces today in a renewed assault on communities in Homs (22 in Homs City itself in the central neighborhoods), Hama (6 in the town of Khattab, 1 in Taybat Al-Imam and 1 Al-Sawa’eq Neighborhood in Hama City), Idlib (2 in the town of Sarmeen), Deraa/Hauran Province (1 in Nawa and 1 Kafar Shams), Lattakia (1 in Lattakia City itself).

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More Atrocities

A cold blooded execution in Homs City http://youtu.be/NszuiQf09fk But it’s all in good fun to Assad’s thugs, they kill with a sense of joi de vivre and having listened to none other than life-embracing Fairuz all the way to their killing field de jour http://youtu.be/r-d8FhEvrPU

Abuse of detainees by army troops in Harrah in Deraa/Hauran Province  http://youtu.be/R7DkNX0U5Qc Doha, a 7-year old girl survives in critical condition after getting shot by security forces in Bayadeh Neighborhood in Homs city http://youtu.be/_FHeRg1K720 , http://youtu.be/QLY34j_Zgcc In the Damascene suburb of Kafar Batna, troops kicking down a protester http://youtu.be/g2uKHhaU7ZY In the town of Khattab in Hama Province, 6 locals were killed by security forces including a woman and this 10-year old boy http://youtu.be/2fQtJcPFn9g , http://youtu.be/AjIc4Bhkk2E The body of Jamal Houry from Jableh showing signs of torture http://youtu.be/-wGQCzQYYHo Mourners at his funeral come under heavy gunfire http://youtu.be/PG1sjlP1ZoE

More Defections

More defections in Rastan in Homs Province http://youtu.be/y3EGUv9V44w , http://youtu.be/IRL5v0Xijn8 , http://youtu.be/uJUMHJ7BFcM Including local representatives of the Baath Party http://youtu.be/CCEndzkY25w Meanwhile, this soldier reports that Lieutenant General Husain Harmoush, leader of the Free Officers Movement, has not returned to Camp since a meeting with a Turkish security official on August 29 http://youtu.be/DHFiywv_1Eo It is perhaps this strict control imposed by Turkish officials on the movement and activities of defectors which has forced them to look for safe havens in-country. And many seem to have found it in the Homs Province, so much that they feel comfortable addressing the crowd openly http://youtu.be/tRT4R9VjozU There have been ongoing clashes for weeks between loyalists and defectors in Rastan and surrounding areas.

The Free Officers Want International Intervention

Back in Rastan, the Khalid Bin Al-Waleed Division of the Free Officers Movement, issued its first official statement in the presence of all its senior leaders http://youtu.be/734TFbv0T9Y

Their demands: 1) An international resolution to protect the unarmed protesters by implementing a no-fly zone following a withdrawal of army troops from the streets to their barracks 2) an international resolution recognizing the legitimacy of efforts by the Free Officers to defend the peaceful protesters and protect the people from the gangs of the Assads, 3) freeing all political prisoners and protesters, and 4) freeing all officers detained because they tried to protect the people. The statement especially notes the role of Lieutenant Ya’rob Tartar whose headquarters was attacked and 7 of his soldiers were burnt alive before he was arrested.

The statement concluded by asserting that the Free Officers do not belong to any external party, but to the Syrian people.

Murder & Circumstance

A recording of a phone conversation with Sheikh Ibrahim Salkini, Grand Mufti of Aleppo http://youtu.be/pdlVk7K-VeE In it, Grand Mufti Salkini refutes claims that he abuses and informs on protesters and defends the right of “people protesting for sake of God.” Sooner after the call, the Grand Mufti received a visit from a security detail, and soon they left, he was found dead at his desk of an apparent heart attack.

The people want international Protection

In Karnaz City in the Hama Province, and so many other communities across Syria, people are demanding international protection http://youtu.be/Xd3Gn93Yn0A In Rastan City in Homs Province, locals make the same demand http://youtu.be/NHfYBxggmY0

HOMS

A tank convoy on its way to Homs City http://youtu.be/ojUNxOxo1Hk , http://youtu.be/GhB_afnzrF8 Residential buildings in Bab Dreib showing signs of random shelling and shooting http://youtu.be/ioycldefHOg As clouds of black smoke fill the air http://youtu.be/FgU_t6Byb6A Bab Houd man taking his last breaths http://youtu.be/xUQ6qCswqOc

Three of today’s martyrs (Bab Houd) http://youtu.be/sRlbEroA7xk , http://youtu.be/ZbCN_UX43Ks A closer look at martyr Tarek Al-Masri http://youtu.be/f9IcxV8-suc The locals bury their dead in the cover of night in the local park http://youtu.be/2cr6Y08VMqU A martyr from Khaldiyeh http://youtu.be/ulP15lF2blc A martyr from Bab Dreib http://youtu.be/5U5JxgEkx9I a martyr from Bayadah http://youtu.be/cqg4myPBAWQ , http://youtu.be/f7uuYv6b7G0

These ambulances, according to eyewitnesses, are not carrying the wounded but their killers http://youtu.be/e4nwD-8gr3c And those that don’t get fired at http://youtu.be/RPMVm6dhIw0

A funeral in Jourah for the local activist Bilal Al-Kinn http://youtu.be/R4HaRZqUD3s , http://youtu.be/h4WmvghFaWI , http://youtu.be/5BzJkGOBfQ8 , http://youtu.be/-2zemJjiA0U mourners stop by Bilal’s apartment http://youtu.be/zHlNbOQecZQ

Targeted neighborhoods go on strike: Dablan http://youtu.be/mce7FIezLUU Jourah http://youtu.be/IKznnqgWNbI Clock-tower Square http://youtu.be/qoVCry3tzQ8 Stadium http://youtu.be/nDqZPMxetWI City Center http://youtu.be/ypHtQZewjKU

In a typical fashion, mosques were targeted (Baba Amr) http://youtu.be/Khc4sULFaWg , http://youtu.be/zWeIhD8o4_E

Despite the shelling, the terror and the dying, inhabitants of the Old Homs neighborhoods come out to protest:

In the afternoon: Qoussour http://youtu.be/rtK8vdVtvPQ Bayadeh, people were out in the street in the afternoon http://youtu.be/_7yVJOdKf90 Even though there were snipers on top of the buildings overlooking the neighborhood http://youtu.be/SotW1nLci1M Karm Al-Shami http://youtu.be/tzCrps-JtoQ

at night: Baba Amr “Death is better than humiliation” Protesters carry electric banner  saying 25 dead in Homs alone today http://youtu.be/O9GcWkKTRw0 Qoussour http://youtu.be/6sHhEzKBtHY , http://youtu.be/23MMyHNE5DU Wa’er http://youtu.be/EzHz9rcx3O0 Stadium http://youtu.be/VCPjE9n0WXk Qarabees http://youtu.be/zz5FYw9Ha8A Insha’aat http://youtu.be/Xiq7ol5BA7k Ghoutah http://youtu.be/YtvKuixLYNk

Clip showing the shelling of Rastan on September 6 http://youtu.be/uzZ7iBJ5Ing An operation that left several martyrs, including Hamdo Firzat http://youtu.be/opdtIA2Ayag and his 15-year old brother Zakaria Firzat http://youtu.be/11ookuChNb4 This is their funeral http://youtu.be/mJIDgBkkfYQ

Inhabitants in Talbisseh came out in droves to show solidarity with Homs city http://youtu.be/lv6vCHHhCa8 and other besieged cities and communities throughout Syria  http://youtu.be/KuwICr9nUr4 Rastan fields its own mass protest as well demanding international intervention http://youtu.be/NHfYBxggmY0 Houleh fielded its now mass demonstrations http://youtu.be/L0MoxOJ-xUc So did Qaryatein http://youtu.be/-NQtIehWYfI Palmyra/Tadmor http://youtu.be/RlC6bklK5tQ , http://youtu.be/kDiJjrhug4I Deir Baalbah http://youtu.be/xthccy_VPGw Tanks were hid at the local university campus http://youtu.be/Blnv-iTwqOo


HAURAN/DERAA

Daytime
Ghariyeh a funeral for a local defector http://youtu.be/WJsCa7EGPPI , http://youtu.be/z_9xYfFZSew Another funeral in Nawa http://youtu.be/2MA0XsriUwI A mother saying goodbye to her son before he is buried http://youtu.be/24rC7URHEdo Tanks and army troops reenter the city of Harrah http://youtu.be/0dsnCXMLKhM

Nighttime

DAMASCUS

From the protest in Douma on September 2, protesters defy militias and chant “One way or another, we will get Bashar below ground” http://youtu.be/abuxPDU6mrM On September 6, the inhabitants of Kisweh celebrated the release of a few detainees http://youtu.be/4rc-M82ppNI

Nighttime

Daytime
In Tal and Qaboun respectively, the local women demand return of their menfolk http://youtu.be/Yj7ryGwBUFM Qadam http://youtu.be/5ZSERW5RaOU Assaly http://youtu.be/Sw1F427iE_4 Midan (Zain Al-Abdeen) http://youtu.be/xITluuYHEnk

ELSEWHERE
In Turkey, along the Syrian borders, refugees stage a nighttime demonstration demanding the “execution of the president” http://youtu.be/iX7u8NfBQXg , http://youtu.be/718OtTQ7evA

In Elbaab City in Aleppo Province, people demonstrated in mourning over the passing of Grand Mufti Salkini http://youtu.be/h514ejMfPC8 Tanks on their way to Aleppo http://youtu.be/WvacEbPeiXs

In Deir Ezzor Province, people continue to stage small protests in their community despite the continuing siege, arrests, and crackdown: Tayaneh http://youtu.be/pmrmDm-lBXc  Deir Ezzor City / Bousraya Neighborhood http://youtu.be/zOG0fXpZ1YI Moazafeen Neighborhood http://youtu.be/1a-tDl9Pm74

In Kafar Zita, Hama Province, http://youtu.be/hFMDQuddo_4 Taybat Al-Imam http://youtu.be/9Rn09Iw0kjc Madeeq http://youtu.be/DRmY0gjKV6k In Hama City, security forces carry out arrests at night http://youtu.be/myqPQm5yVwM In the morning, inhabitant of Al-Sawa’eq Neighborhood buried a local martyr http://youtu.be/-w0ph2l89zU

In the majority Kurdish city of Qamishly in Hassakeh Province, http://youtu.be/I5SHUnS7Yn4 , http://youtu.be/1cm3e-yQBLs