The Assad regime's current tactics indicates that it views the Arab League Monitoring Mission more as a month-long window of opportunity during which it can do whatever it wants to bring the revolution to an end, rather than a final opportunity to chart an exit strategy for itself, hence the escalation in violence, including the decision to throw air-power into the fray.
The merciless pounding of Baba Amr is nothing short of a crime against humanity being perpetrated as the entire world watches with unexplainable unjustifiable indifference.
Monday 26, 2011
Today’s death toll: 43, including 21 in Homs City (Baba Amr), 6 in Hama City, and the rest in the provinces of Damascus, Idlib, Aleppo and Deir Ezzor. Meanwhile, the general strike continues to be observed by all protest communities.
Homs City – Deir Baalbah (Dec 27 morning): the local pipeline is blown up http://youtu.be/sIqhNQMd1KU The explosion as seen from Bayadah Neighborhood http://youtu.be/tPWRr8taWMQ The explosion as seen from the town of Talbisseh http://youtu.be/rQBXmI0DsZI
‘Syria trying to reveal secrets behind abduction of Iranian engineers’ Comment: The Iranian government wants us to believe these were mere electrical engineers, as if Syria doesn’t have myriads of them. Who were these “engineers”? What were they doing in Homs City? To what extant is the Iranian Government involved in the ongoing crackdown in Syria? These are the real questions.
Planes, Tanks and Armored Vehicles: the Battle for Rural Damascus
The first serious use of fighter jets against civilian populations by the regime seems to have taken place today in Rural Damascus. Several reports from the Damascene Suburb of Douma have all asserted that fighter jets were used in today’s pounding of the neighboring farmlands, especially the villages of Al-Shoufiniyeh and Hosh Nasri. The bombing seems to have been spurred by new defections in the ranks of the local unity assigned to patrol the neighborhood and the ensuing clashes between loyalists and defectors. One little girl was reportedly killed in the pounding, but there is no exact word on the causalities that took place in the farmlands. The communities being targeted most make up what is known as the Eastern Ghoutah – a large swath of farmland at the outskirts of Damascus dotted by small towns and villages, including Zamalka, Arbeen, Douma, Hamouriyeh, Mesraba, Al-Hajar Al-Aswad, among others, all of which are considered hotbeds of protests.
Indeed, Rural Damascus has been boiling for months, but clashes between loyalists and local insurgents have been few and sporadic, as insurgents seem more interested in building their network and capacity then carrying out anti-regime operations at this stage. The move seems to come as a preemptive strike.
Homs City: Christmastime massacres continue
It is said that Major General Assef Chawkat, the man in charge of all military operations currently taking place all over the country, had promised his brother-in-law, Bashar Al-Assad, to have the situation in Baba Amr brought under control by the end of November. He is said to be fighting now to avoid another embarrassment which could compromise his position in the family, once again.
But Baba Amr was not the only Homs City neighborhood to be shelled today, Bab Al-Sibaa received its share http://youtu.be/WwakpT0lrZM , http://youtu.be/qS6OELQuV5o , http://youtu.be/o9WHEjhH8IQ This little girl was wounded by a shrapnel http://youtu.be/NZIW1SBjDbM and this young man was killed http://youtu.be/X2Jvn7vixI0 Another martyr, a father of three http://youtu.be/YzpJ21m_boI And yet another, a father of 1 http://youtu.be/ISo_8PXUcYE Still, the people take to the streets at night http://youtu.be/qHU_PZKaZ6o
Bad Dreib comes under fire as well http://youtu.be/LW-04m18gh0 And Cairo Street http://youtu.be/oYEr9fnwxNk And Khaldiyeh http://youtu.be/Dk8UpybFSM4
And Wadi Arab http://youtu.be/HolMjSi7fIE , http://youtu.be/s4NlOYRXcns , http://youtu.be/inoui-I7z08 a house catches fire http://youtu.be/COD1tA4T3Ks
Elsewhere in the city, snipers spread terror and martyrs http://youtu.be/8qQQbQUzB1s Bab Houd wounded http://youtu.be/5pd9wk-RcUg , http://youtu.be/UdBx6S-tdZc
The wounded and the dead in Karm Al-Zeitun http://youtu.be/tyOhJOuROeo , http://youtu.be/iJ34dNYZcIY , http://youtu.be/NQONUdDCDCQ , http://youtu.be/W-yymAFAR6U , http://youtu.be/Nt4MGn4kkO8
Insha’aat – The dying of Sheikh Manhal al-Attassy http://youtu.be/Ymuq3ZRXBI8 , http://youtu.be/YxIJ9QpeT_Y Another martyr http://youtu.be/LMHwhD0sO-E
In Jib al-Jandali, this house was shelled, and three of its occupants died http://youtu.be/SmWgGFiM8O0
An impromptu funeral in Sifsafeh http://youtu.be/dwoKKbe8PW8 Another in Bayadah http://youtu.be/NwTlbVbwVYA , http://youtu.be/cgLE7J0ucw0
Other neighborhoods continue their defiance: Deir Baalbah http://youtu.be/Nq7gv6sCE0w Night http://youtu.be/H2Tk_vf_RWE Al-Rifai neighborhood http://youtu.be/WZWQSbPXJls Asheereh Neighborhood http://youtu.be/zwVcNS_mggM Qoussour http://youtu.be/_PNx7hnsqn4 , http://youtu.be/LUyv_iMBvQE Malaab http://youtu.be/5r2YPJOB2T0 Khaldiyeh http://youtu.be/WVVq4eco6sg Corniche http://youtu.be/y-laLX4SYMU Wa’er http://youtu.be/oAioAJZHDE8 Sifsafeh http://youtu.be/BudB4wmEfcM Jouret Al-Shayah http://youtu.be/ElV7xNsFEN4 Bab Al-Sibaa http://youtu.be/8WUSYmYKxEk
And the general strike continues to be observed throughout the city: the local vegetable market http://youtu.be/eT8baH-JUxI Abu Awf Street http://youtu.be/7znPd14ETek