As the Arab League mulls the possibility of referring its proposal on the Syrian Crisis to the Security Council, the Assad’s killing machine continues its operations.
Saturday 17, 2011
Today’s death toll: 40. The Breakdown: 13 in Homs City, 5 in Qseir in Homs Province, 6 in Kafar Shams in Deraa/Hauran, 3, including 2 children in Kafar Sajnah in Idlib Province, Rural Damascus and Deir Ezzor.
Loyalists armed with 50 tanks continue to sweep operations in Idlib. Clashes were reported in Deir Ezzor and Deraa. Sweep operations were conducted in Arbeen Suburb and other areas in rural Damascus.
Meanwhile, the general strike continues to be observed throughout protest communities.
But across the region and in Western capitals there are fears that Assad's opponents are not ready to take power, and that Syria's ethnic and sectarian mosaic could disintegrate and plunge the country of 22 million into chaos unless a way is found to smooth the transition. "The key priority is for the opposition inside and outside (Syria) to come together, become a more credible option and include all sects and get their coordination right. Turkey is working on that," a senior Western diplomat in Ankara told Reuters. "What worries them is that if Assad went today there will be more chaos, more destruction and they don't know who will emerge and they want the opposition to be ready."
The violent repression of citizens in Syria is escalating, and can now be linked to named officials of the regime. This reinforces the case for concerted international pressure to end the suffering, says David Mepham.
The crackdown in Homs City:
Dablan Neighborhood comes under fire at night http://youtu.be/2e6aI_BqUNE Baba Amr shrapnel hits this local woman in the shoulder http://youtu.be/x9c5uR6bAPc Stores that observed the strike were shelled http://youtu.be/PUONZPGAHdM
Asheerah Neighborhood martyr http://youtu.be/ivcvJELdJiY Bayadah Neighborhood retrieving a body from the street http://youtu.be/7Xk4SdAqzvA Martyr from Khaldiyeh http://youtu.be/VE85T8Fh4uY His funeral http://youtu.be/POsfBtEN1zI Neighborhood comes under renewed assault at night http://youtu.be/Z_8VrwA42zw
The aftermath of shelling in Bab Al-Sibaa http://youtu.be/6Rqi9lNZd2k
Sweep operations in Homs Province:
The pounding of the Qseir http://youtu.be/EYV-1eMCsKA , http://youtu.be/Vp4u6cGg5EU , http://youtu.be/4BHwXnYLsbw When the pounding stopped, funerals started http://youtu.be/_iy9-toUYSM The martyrs http://youtu.be/hpulXf5vOb4 , http://youtu.be/Wp5Dg8Ok2ss , http://youtu.be/7NahQ2cQj8s Samples of the shells used http://youtu.be/q-U73wtBhcg Still, people come out under the cover of darkness http://youtu.be/r0mWF4G5V-I
The storming of Houleh http://youtu.be/JUMY1Dvayc8 Still, people take to the streets at night calling for the execution of Assad http://youtu.be/IDKLkcyZwZU A funeral in Dar Al-Kabireh http://youtu.be/FeZE-zHFHg4
Sweep operations in Idlib Province:
The pounding of Heesh http://youtu.be/QnzmwaRKBTM The storming of Kafroumah http://youtu.be/H8fEC5mYCmw , http://youtu.be/-P4XdKHZsSk locals still take to the streets at night http://youtu.be/IKbiJ56p9-8
Child hit in the chest in Ftiri in Jabal Al-Zawiyeh District http://youtu.be/uIvpMPQ5FzA Funeral in Kafar Takhareem http://youtu.be/c7ik10Vnm0g Funerals in Kafar Sajnah http://youtu.be/3gNcxDAVeA0 Funeral in Khan Shaikhoon comes under fire http://youtu.be/tKweDR3hDw0
More martyrs from the operations in Jabal Al-Zawiyeh http://youtu.be/MsIOfSkEQ3U , http://youtu.be/0fmVDEt_Xks , http://youtu.be/89m0GZ7K_xs
Sweep operations in Rural Damascus:
Shooting at protesters in the Damascene suburb of Daraya http://youtu.be/7kLOI_VhYqY Nearby Moadamiyah comes under fire at night http://youtu.be/oRHebYIZioI , http://youtu.be/GJSSpAdIWRc
Checkpoints like this one in Harasta http://youtu.be/ZoIfiaSYdHc are proliferating all over the suburbs of Damascus and Rural Damascus. Choppers are being used increasingly to detect the movement of insurgents in Eastern Ghoutah District http://youtu.be/D3YEIrQNDjk And of course, snipers are omnipresent http://youtu.be/W0w1gzQRmRY , http://youtu.be/4PYCJqaHpBs But, people are taking to the streets in larger numbers, as is the case in the town of Misrabah http://youtu.be/UBEKhTZy-no , http://youtu.be/W0D_587ISM4
The pounding of Zabadani http://youtu.be/E5jspKAPvEg , http://youtu.be/8ZAbCS05Sn8 paves the way to a funeral http://youtu.be/3o-QLBfR-fY
In the Qalamoun Region in Rural Damascus, they have recently been reinforced with tanks and armored vehicles and have in effect dissected the restive region separating towns and villages from each other, especially those of Rankous, Qarrah and Yabroud.
In nearby Dmeir, a funeral took place in the cover of night http://youtu.be/1gYMqrYJDSs a martyred child http://youtu.be/bf4WFP8zCQ8
Meanwhile, closer to Central Damascus, small acts of defiance continue: burning tires in Qadam http://youtu.be/Hq0RfTmgXuk
Sweep operations in Deraa/Hauran:
The aftermath of pounding in Bosr Al-Harir http://youtu.be/psIxgoD4iK0 , http://youtu.be/FibN72zWnow
“Save Our Souls” This call by the inhabitants of Ankhel in Deraa/Hauran is not meant as an invitation for Christian missionaries, but for NATO missionaries http://youtu.be/YHUZ_a3e7EU
In Deir Ezzor City, tanks roam the neighborhoods at night shooting randomly to spread fear http://youtu.be/GVIrgNvwLVE These activities and occasional clashes during the day are not without victims of course http://youtu.be/Nxy5X5jUahw