The monitoring begins, but the killing does not stop, and will escalate.
Tuesday 27, 2011
Today’s death toll: 42. The Breakdown: 17 in Homs City (including 4 children), 7 in Hama City, 3 in Damascus University, 4 in Rural Damascus, 4 in Deraa, 4 in Idib Province, 2 in Deir Ezzor Province and 1 in Lattakia City.
Over 30,000 protesters took part in a rally in Khaldiyeh and other neighborhoods in Homs City to welcome the arrival of the Arab League monitors and demand international protection.
Today’s demonstrations were dedicated to the imprisoned activist Najati Tayarah.
In Damascus, blogger Tal Al-Mallouhi imprisoned on bogus charges since 2010, declared an open-ended hunger strike to protest her continued incarceration, according to statements by her lawyer.
The clashes between defectors and loyalists that took place near and around the Damascene suburb of Douma on Monday reportedly left over 30 defectors and dozens of loyalists dead.
New videos of the Kafar Ouaid Massacre of December 20: the video is shot on the scene of the massacre in Bidama Valley in Idlib Province http://youtu.be/hr3vYP4tWBQ People have their hands tied behind their backs and are shot execution-style http://youtu.be/2tklt2Ambmk This is what the Assads want you to forget.
This is why they needed to fabricate all these stories about Al-Qaeda infiltration and stage bombings. Pro-regime social media outlets and websites, Dounia TV and other official media sources are flooded with bogus reports of all sorts for the benefit of the pro-Assad camp. Meanwhile, the memory of the revolutionaries is being dulled with the scene of new massacres in Baba Amr, Douma and elsewhere.
The ante has been upped so high, there will be no let-down in bloodshed from now on. The sad and tragic part of it is that the world has grown oblivious to all things Syrian. Even the statements of White House Spokesman Mark Toner below, ring hollow somehow.
The Situation in Damascus & Surrounding Regions
Reports of use of fighter jets in the crackdown on the farmlands around the Suburb of Douma were inaccurate, only helicopters seem to have been used, like this one http://youtu.be/IExAun_ltcE. But the bombardment of the farmland areas around the suburb that took place on Monday, especially in the villages of Al-Shifoniyeh and Hosh nasri, reportedly left over 30 dead and dozens wounded. Dozens loyalists were also killed in clashes with local defectors. The situation remains tense.
Damascus City is completely besieged by protest communities. But the most active ones are located to the East in what is known as the Eastern Ghoutah, or the Lung of Damascus – a huge swath of farmland and forests that have witnessed over the last two decades a steady migration from the City itself and from all over the country.
To the Northwest of the City lies the famous Wadi Barada, that narrow riverbed that passes to the north of the town of Qudsaya. Communities alongside the Wadi are part of the protest movement. So are the communities of the Bloudan Valley along the borders with Lebanon, with the towns of Madaya, Zabadani and Sirghaya leading the way.
To the North stretches the Qalamoun Mountains Range, all the way to Homs City. Many communities along the mountains form part of the protest movement: Al-Tal (Eltal), Rankous, Ad-Dumayr (Dmeir), Al-Ruhaibah (Ruheibeh), Yabroud and Qarrah. The Christian communities of Seydnaya, Maloula and Deir Atiyeh, and the mixed community of Al-Nabk remain neutral.
To the South, protest communities separate Damascus from the Hauran Valley (Deraa Governorate) and the volcanic Druze Mountain (Suweidah Governorate): Al-Hajar Al-Aswad, Qadam, Daraya and Moadamiya are practically part of Damascus City itself. The communities of (northwest and counterclockwise) Qatana, Khan Al-Sheeh, Kanaker, Zakya, Taybah, Kisweh, Zbeineh, and Sitti Zeinab are also major players in the movement.
The Saga of Homs:
Pounding of neighborhoods stopped only in the early mornings, and tanks pulled out of Baba Amr and other target neighborhoods, without leaving the city.
Early in the morning, people in Bayada and Deir Baalbah neighborhood could hear and see the explosion that destroyed major segments of the gas pipeline running near the city.
Later in the day, over 30,000 protesters took part in a major rally in Khaldiyeh neighborhood to greet Arab league monitors and demand international protection. Local activists handed over names of martyrs and detainees.
Many neighborhoods remain without power, food and medical supplies are scarce.