Sunday, December 25, 2011

A Syrian Christmas!

By conducting more deadly operations throughout the country, even with Arab League monitors on the ground, the Assads are basically informing the world that such missions are useless and that the only way to take them out is to do it militarily. Or, as the inhabitants of Kafrenbel in the Idlib Province put it: “Civilized World! The Syrian Regime’s massacres have put your credibility about Human Rights at stake.”

Saturday 24, 2011

Today’s death toll: 28 on Friday, 41 on Saturday (19 in Homs city including 3 children). Qraya in Deir Ezzor Province was stormed on Saturday.

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The Great Distraction: the Why!

It’s amazing how “terrorist” attacks in Syria always occur at a time when it’s very convenient for the Assads to have them. Pleeease! Some of us were not even fooled the first time around, to be fooled now.  But what were the Assads hoping to accomplish? One might ask.

The Assads simply needed to generate enough noise in order to cover up what their soldiers did in the village of Kafar Ouaid in the region of Jabal Al-Zawiyeh in the Idlib Province on December 20 http://youtu.be/dnkFiNbvKXg , http://youtu.be/SbpIDpaPAEM In order to make the world stop talking about this new massacre, this new crime against humanity, they orchestrated a new one, and blamed it on Al-Qaeda, the favorite enemy of the global punditry http://youtu.be/wezyvSliHVw Oh, poor, poor Assads!

But what the world must know is that the Assads have just added another crime to their growing list, just in time for Christmas. Indeed, and because it’s Christmas, the Assads couldn’t help but adding a little cynical signature to the act: of the 44 reported dead, few were identified, but they included one name has been leaked, that of a Christian Major General affiliated with Military Security Apparatus, one Matanius Morani. But of course. What a nice touch!

Al-Qaeda kills a Christian in Syria on Christmas! What massacre in Kafar Ouaid? What 1,000 dead in less than a week? What 5,000 dead in months of revolution? What 15,000 thousands missing and presumed dead as well? What 50,000 detainees? What torture? What mock trials? What summary executions? Al-Qaeda kills a Christian in Syria on Christmas, what’s more important than that?

One could interject here to say that the world is not made up of dupes, and that international analysts and policymakers must be aware of the Assads’ intentions. Really? Well, how many are still speaking of the massacre of Kafar Ouaid? What much airtime was given to it in comparison? The world may not have completely fallen for the Assads’ ploy, but it has sufficiently fallen for it to give him another pass.

For now, the entire conversation will focus on whether this was an Al-Qaeda attack or not, rather than what happened in Kafar OUaid and what continues to happen there and in Homs, Deraa, Deir Ezzor, Hama, Rural Aleppo and rural Damascus. The Arab League monitors will be kept otherwise preoccupied, as they have already been made to visit the scene of the attacks. 

The Great Distraction: the How!

So, the real question regarding the attacks is not “who did it?”, but “how did the Assads do it?” There are two possible scenarios:

1)       The attacks were completely staged from A to Z, meaning that there were no suicide bombers even, and that the entire “attack” consisted of a couple of staged explosions followed by a series of allegations and false reports.
2)      The attacks were indeed the work of Al-Qaeda operatives who were manipulated by the Assads. For the Assads, as many intelligence reports indicate, have managed soon after the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq to infiltrate and control Al-Qaeda network in the region.

Less than 20 minutes following the attack, the authorities began reporting that this was indeed an Al-Qaeda attack. Not exactly enough time for a serious investigation to have taken place, and not that there were any Al-Qaeda produced videos trying to take credit.

My money is on the first scenario, because if had the Assads manipulated Al-Qaeda operatives into doing this, they would have taking the extra step of encouraging them to provide a video taking credit, as they have done before. Furthermore, some who watched videos of the carnage said that the bodies were stacked too close together to be the victims of a suicide bomber!

Be that as it may, the Assads are the culprits, and the authorities who were able to determine that Al-Qaeda was responsible within less than 20 minutes of the attacks, have so far failed to identify the victims, except for our Christian Major General and a handful of others! Go figure! 


Idlib / Jabal Al-Zawiyeh: The Massacre in Kafar Ouaid – December 20 (92 civilians were killed execution-style):

The grief http://youtu.be/W2Natmp7lOg Here, someone is heard asking for President Obama http://youtu.be/hMPStIsKcro The hands were tied: this was a cold blooded massacre, not combat http://youtu.be/SbpIDpaPAEM , http://youtu.be/dLIMKJ9ibKw
 Bodies show signs of torture http://youtu.be/d77j6SbuqAg Preparing for burial http://youtu.be/M4uV-1iRiww , http://youtu.be/AUFdCKmLe9c The few survivors http://youtu.be/7AH3ZGd_NMM But on Friday, December 23, the women of Kafar Ouaid take to the streets chanting “death is better than humiliation” http://youtu.be/4b3y2sftmNY , http://youtu.be/nNrxgw9GSZU

An Eyewitness describes what happens http://youtu.be/-A1z_a0rAPU His account corresponds to previous reports: On December 19th, around 90 soldiers defected leading to clashes between them and loyalists between Kafar Ouaid and Kinsafrah, and they were all killed, including 10 civilians from the town of Kinsafrah. On December 20, civilian protesters taking refuge in a valley near Kafar Ouaid were also targeted. They phone for help, but the only thing the inhabitants of Kafar Ouaid could do was to call human rights activists abroad and try to get international attention. Some died as result of pounding. Others had their hands tied and seem to have been summarily executed. The bodies were then brought to the local mosque. On December 21, another massacre was committed in the Mount of Shahshabo in a town called Mneer when 15 internal refugees living in a makeshift camp were killed when their camp was shelled. “We hope the entire world would stand by us, because we are being cold in cold blood”  

Bayadah Neighborhood / Homs City / Dec 22: defectors try to take out a sniper http://youtu.be/hopDAWd-q1w Another operation that took place in early December targeted Major General Adnan Dayoub, who was seriously wounded in the attack and reportedly died of his wounds shortly after. Dayoub was believed to be responsible for the massacres in Rastan and Tal Kalakh in the Homs Province. Leaked videos, pieced together in this clip, shows the general addressing his troops encouraging them to strike hard against the protesters. The second part shows the General lying on his deathbed http://youtu.be/NRvCdKagCKw.

Protesters show off some of the listening equipment used by Assad’s security forces to spy on communications between protesters http://youtu.be/QzhR6fuRaQY

The Druze inhabitants of the village of Majdal Shams in Occupied Golan join the ranks of the Revolution by staging their first major protest on Friday December 23 http://youtu.be/vBazI9BhHmA

Still, realities are more often shaped by what Assad snipers and loyalists are doing every day in places like:

Hama City Bab Qibli (Dec 20) http://youtu.be/6vP6XGReeXE (Dec 23) http://youtu.be/mrDAb0UVO4E Deraa Na’eemeh (Dec 21) http://youtu.be/UlIRaa36nuU Hama (Kafar Zeita - Dec 22) http://youtu.be/SL-zHONJzlk Idlib Idlib City nighttime mourners come under fire http://youtu.be/QU3RDZlDl10 leaving 1 dead (Dec 22) http://youtu.be/7EK4U6sctc0 Earlier in the day, a car was targeted by snipers http://youtu.be/Oq2XUwoaJLc Security forces assaulting an old man in Salaheddine Neighborhood in Aleppo City http://youtu.be/SQPzGlugSPY the minaret of the local mosque in Kafranboudeh in Hama Province is targeted by loyalists (Dec 23) http://youtu.be/C6Gr5gFd7Gc

And of course Baba Amr in Homs City (Dec 20) http://youtu.be/9-5ybQyc95E Bab Amr (Dec 22) The pounding http://youtu.be/d1K9JxFByoQ , http://youtu.be/zJeD6zotzMY High Definition http://youtu.be/WaPOhigRoGw The dead and wounded http://youtu.be/Sy-ylMmUl-8 , http://youtu.be/176m__aE91E , http://youtu.be/6LZF06qQC24 , http://youtu.be/Jwlma2ebYMk , http://youtu.be/EhDbFBzbgHg , http://youtu.be/0c92-1J9MjA , http://youtu.be/0JmO4esNYeQ , http://youtu.be/h-q89TKKioc , http://youtu.be/gKPMEX_IxU4 , http://youtu.be/62tpIt8B7IE Man shot in the head http://youtu.be/Ao0N19HvTI4 A man takes his last breaths http://youtu.be/greapAnbRaM These soldiers were killed by loyalists when tried to defect http://youtu.be/XObdCOvemx0 Blood covers the streets http://youtu.be/s8_k8xoYB1E  Sporadic gunfire continues throughout the night http://youtu.be/ZdM8AZvek2w Still, local defectors were still to mount a symbolic operation when they removed the old flag from on top of the local coop replacing it with the independence flag that revolutionaries have long adopted. They did so under intense gunfire http://youtu.be/U9eULrlUexQ

And tanks storm Deir Baalbah in Homs city (Dec 22) http://youtu.be/21FStMj0f0M Shooting and pounding their way in http://youtu.be/JsO0tpFplwM , http://youtu.be/8JsWaj8G4H8 The occupants of this car were hit http://youtu.be/uLGiYaR5Rh8 And the pounding continues http://youtu.be/m5fMuEloNF8 , http://youtu.be/0axhvgTFWUg , http://youtu.be/q0e6HNKhnzw , http://youtu.be/Zqhaj-XUnm0 Sniper action http://youtu.be/NLPnhNUoRcU Targeting shops observing strike http://youtu.be/Xd4WKyR1hq0 , http://youtu.be/873JPdNQ9RQ Dead body in the street http://youtu.be/iSvI_LpO4CU If you want to see the face of a real Christian martyr for Christmas, this a protester from Deir Baalbah http://youtu.be/GKw6-WYT8j4

In Bayadah, the pounding took out the electrical wiring in Cairo Street (Dec 22) http://youtu.be/S4D42_LwMU4 A tour of Bab Al-Sibaa http://youtu.be/BaA1R0DfBac

Retrieving a dead body from the streets in Khaldiyeh http://youtu.be/-wynSeCdXi4 Earlier the neighborhood came under intense pounding http://youtu.be/IFlB6OZfl-M , http://youtu.be/UJLE6fyIOig We should bear in mind that December 22 marks the first day of the visit by the Arab League Delegation.

And it’s about the people burying their dead: Hama City Bab Qibli (Dec 20) http://youtu.be/ZZ6u7pqx0o0 , http://youtu.be/euKEdVLIroE Braving death and loyalist bullets to do it: Damascus City Qadam (Dec 21) http://youtu.be/X8WVpHIVXoI Rural Damascus Zabadani (Dec 21) http://youtu.be/Rp2f12jp2xM Idlib Kafrenbel (Dec 21): one of the 100 martyrs of Kafar Ouaid http://youtu.be/vlfNEOlkwyM Idlib City (Dec 21) http://youtu.be/r7gxYVE0OMA Jabal Al-Zawiyeh (Dec 21) burying the local Imam of Kafar Ouaid http://youtu.be/dOiUB9jF_9A Saraqib (Dec21) funeral for 11-year old boy http://youtu.be/6cfsRQHDFNQ Ma’arrat Al-Nouman (Dec 22) A child dying http://youtu.be/WoyXzbWI2YI Heesh Double funeral http://youtu.be/yZN3byvh9x8 Habeet http://youtu.be/W_m_ZCrVI60 Deraa (Nawa - Dec 21) http://youtu.be/NIvuhwcMEmc , http://youtu.be/Uxg9o-OOgZA Basr Al-Harir (Dec 22) http://youtu.be/fvv2DyVtinE Da’el http://youtu.be/IEa6K-1tJjU Homs City Deir Baalbah (Dec 21) http://youtu.be/TwJ78Hls6f8 Karm Al-Zeitun http://youtu.be/F3X6PdWPv-s Bayadah children continue to be targeted http://youtu.be/l-gMFxZlmsY Bayadah (Dec 22) http://youtu.be/ySZ6-VZiOUc Homs Province Ghanto (Dec 22) http://youtu.be/InGrDD8sgJw

Could it possibly be that by staging the “terrorist” attacks on Friday, the Assads were really hoping to detract the world’s attention from those incidents highlighted above, and from the fact that the average daily death toll is now around 100?

On the night of December 22, the Damascene suburb of Barzeh witnessed Syrians from north, south and central Syria take part in this nighttime demonstration http://youtu.be/hNkBvPeqWsQ Rural and Suburban Damascus has received over the last few weeks refugees from all over Syria, adding more fuel to its already burning fires.

Rural Aleppo, Deir Ezzor, Hassekh and Raqqah, in other words, the entire northeast, is also heating up. The increasingly crackdown in Deir Ezzor are not helping matters.

DEIR EZZOR: Huwaijeh under fire (Dec 22) http://youtu.be/XJAWKungZbg Qrayah (Qouriyeh) is invaded by Assad loyalists (Dec 22) http://youtu.be/Cs_rGJji_F0 And the pounding begins http://youtu.be/1uttQYH6bw4

And the defections continue: Col. Adnan Muhammad Hallak – Hama (Dec 22) http://youtu.be/XCir1WOhWRI He announces he and his troops are joining the Free Syrian Army. Another defection in Hassakeh http://youtu.be/ZKBOkz0LnPI Several army officers declare their defection in front of a crowd of protesters in Bab Al-Sibaa Neighborhood in Homs City (Dec 23) http://youtu.be/hu0AB4Mc1Mw More defectors do the same thing in the town of Talbisseh in the larger Homs Province (Dec 23) http://youtu.be/xVfCzCPxv-Y

Students in the University of Aleppo continue to defy authorities by staging more and more on-campus protests and sit-ins (Dec 22) http://youtu.be/ginZ5bBKSNE , http://youtu.be/Z-DRAgqtauw , http://youtu.be/wVsYIxNvfH0 , http://youtu.be/gxDZl1FEa4A The crackdown was hard and led to many arrests. Tear gas was used http://youtu.be/5yIPxh-Ed4A

Friday December 23: a day dedicated to the Protocol of Death, in reference to the Protocol signed between the Assads and the Arab League allowing for Arab monitors to enter the country and prepare a report on the situation. The mission is scheduled to last for 1 month.

HOMS CITY: Snipers in action in Deir Baalbah http://youtu.be/GCNlPS0XXlo Another martyr from the neighborhood http://youtu.be/3eZS7Vc4YPc But people took their dead and held mass funerals to commemorate this Friday http://youtu.be/43io3SHPPtE Speaker says the regime is the real champion of sectarianism, and that they have targeted Christians to accuse the people of the neighborhood of being sectarian. Instead, he invites all to vow revenge for the fallen Christian martyr, killed by pro-Assad snipers. This is the martyr http://youtu.be/GKw6-WYT8j4 . In a typical fashion, the funeral becomes a protest http://youtu.be/dHmHBFuWl7g , http://youtu.be/Yb6497NLMyo

Baba Amr The day begins by a funeral for 9 martyrs http://youtu.be/m99Lrl-nPPU , http://youtu.be/f0iHcozout8 Saying goodbye http://youtu.be/8pgn297AAvE Protesters get shot at as they try to cross the streets http://youtu.be/y-X4p3AKcw8 At night, the neighborhood comes under fire http://youtu.be/2qmGvPxaHhM , http://youtu.be/5NORocrazAA

In Insha’aat snipers open fire at protesters http://youtu.be/xYr-jXCFNP4 A defector is killed and his body lies in the streets, the protesters unable to retrieve it http://youtu.be/sFdAMRApyf8

Protesters and Cameraman in Malaab (Stadium) come under fire http://youtu.be/jBFEKo4yQXo Ghoutah is under fire http://youtu.be/u_b31DdqMnA Worshippers coming in and out of the historic Mosque of Khalid Bin Al-Waleed are targeted by snipers http://youtu.be/bzKoJKIpfrs

In Khaldiyeh, snipers kill two worshippers as they leave the local mosque http://youtu.be/TFJHM92pEOc Another body in the street http://youtu.be/_mQoc17fV-8 Still, the locals held a major protest http://youtu.be/pdx5hVrUR3Q that goes into the night http://youtu.be/mooU1AXAXe4 In the interim, the neighborhood comes under fire http://youtu.be/CgZzTS2BdqY and gets back under fire in the deep of night http://youtu.be/18grGfnQITI , http://youtu.be/e_IVYdLepJA A car catches fire due to shelling http://youtu.be/WVgQ_bS1-uU

At night, the neighborhoods of Bab Al-Sibaa, Bab Houd and Sifsafeh come under fire http://youtu.be/mOBS4_v6Rnc , http://youtu.be/FcTFIpoYFn0

Demonstrations: Midan Banners “Yes, to supporting the Free Syrian Army” “The average daily death toll is now 100” “We demand an Arab intervention force to protect civilians and the establishment of a buffer zone” http://youtu.be/1Gc8KX_usII Bab Al-Sibaa http://youtu.be/xSGU6GM2gLk Qoussour http://youtu.be/6pqMMCuGd6g , http://youtu.be/s7TKJj0fNAc Bab Houd http://youtu.be/-EQekxBvnzA Insha’aat http://youtu.be/6mJBs_bMq4A Karm Al-Shami http://youtu.be/HGVs-v84BQM Jouret Al-Shayah http://youtu.be/QYcPr6uiVA4 Shammas “We will not forget our captives” http://youtu.be/ppCnwWFPG-g Qarabees Banner “Not Sectarianism, the Syrian people are one” http://youtu.be/hR1Mnt2MF40 Bab Al-Sibaa http://youtu.be/gHA9rYM_nGU Hamra http://youtu.be/aeFUYAg8CNI Wadi Al-Arab http://youtu.be/16y_449FM2A Al-Rifai Neighborhood http://youtu.be/WJQQJwpoG8o Wa’er http://youtu.be/xKHQ5A9TY0A , http://youtu.be/NYYxJW2IFzg Bab Dreib http://youtu.be/1OVKJvdYZqc , http://youtu.be/ieeHr3Roza4 Bab Tadmor http://youtu.be/PkFbm8pxgME Malaab http://youtu.be/FxZZ092VRmw , http://youtu.be/gOpj-K5_Ugc Asheerah http://youtu.be/g4PaZjlDXno Karm Al-Zeitun http://youtu.be/PAqLOJEZrbM , http://youtu.be/dAhMJxCc_eQ Baba Amr http://youtu.be/C4Y49dNwsqs Bayadah http://youtu.be/QydO5mTO_TM , http://youtu.be/bh-mg5TbM_Y Safsafeh http://youtu.be/yTra5WAP5N8

Nighttime protests take place all over Homs City, including: Wa’er http://youtu.be/nsbBivOVKU8 Deir Baalbah http://youtu.be/jVKebtbjqvQ Bab Al-Sibaa http://youtu.be/UaVehpgTEac Bab Dreib http://youtu.be/gnCjeRovWRs Shammas http://youtu.be/5iClVV2pFxY Sifsafeh http://youtu.be/8fbhmA85958

HOMS PROVINCE: In Talbisseh, children come under sniper fire as they try to cross the road http://youtu.be/xaswCzWbktE on their way to the local protest http://youtu.be/wl3d1h0brMw Qseir funeral http://youtu.be/EB5g6wopwA0 Protest http://youtu.be/rRKnpZYhS9k , http://youtu.be/SF-aiS9dKUA night http://youtu.be/lis8f0s7vR8



Tal Ashour “the people want international protection” http://youtu.be/NHROUYMOU5M Ghanto http://youtu.be/ZdaSZa5vjaQ Night http://youtu.be/4hFSWcdrQBk Qaryatein http://youtu.be/P_1aojmq-9M Teer Ma’allah http://youtu.be/7VaIQKcpgdY

DAMASCUS CITY: In Moadamiyah, a local woman challenges a loyalist security officer telling him “you’re killing us!,” then she says “down with Bashar Al-Assad, shoot me then” http://youtu.be/B68F7EhLHc4 Another local woman grieves over the ransacking of her house and curses Assad http://youtu.be/bqLBVWJfAU8

In Douma, protesters http://youtu.be/qtjzf98PtKA , http://youtu.be/lAw0Bihui74  come under fire, leaving several seriously wounded, including this one http://youtu.be/Eze6y938pns , http://youtu.be/Ch-12ttYTqw This one is shot in cold blood http://youtu.be/WOg_0cHU4g4 Another local martyr http://youtu.be/FPfo5xH4Xdk Some arrests were made as well http://youtu.be/5nRXcdGQwEg , http://youtu.be/j0WBYaDLF04 The community soon come under sporadic automatic gunfire http://youtu.be/p7x2FMIXV1A as armored vehicles roam the streets http://youtu.be/dbKYyqO4_RI At night, protesters take back to the streets http://youtu.be/9E0l_z3rEfo

Loyalist security forces storm the neighborhood of Sayyidah Zeinab http://youtu.be/tbSPhJ8mVso


RURAL & SUBURBAN DAMASCUS: Zabadani: The charred remains of activists killed by loyalists when their car was targeted by an RPG rocket http://youtu.be/K44eMEiPLaE Still, locals took to the streets on Friday and burnt Hezbollah flags http://youtu.be/QwlmzjyLo38 and holding a major rally http://youtu.be/VUMw2JH2Auc In which local women take major part http://youtu.be/4sb6Yu_mTic People stay all through the night http://youtu.be/KPHN6ohKlzY

In nearby Madaya, people stage their own protest http://youtu.be/bU8yzJhhQGU , http://youtu.be/LoB3Vg4QVj0

When they can’t use tanks, Assad loyalists use these cars to patrol the protest communities in Rural Damascus Qatana http://youtu.be/pT8ti9rowS0 Loyalists forces storm Arbeen http://youtu.be/JG9I5KdKqyQ , http://youtu.be/EtcIuuxO8Ck Still, people take to the streets at night http://youtu.be/V3dAHtrEebg

Protesters in Zamalka http://youtu.be/hErVfnBLjAs come under fire leading to many wounded http://youtu.be/E8ry8Ym8Mks , http://youtu.be/rmwa7nJOIGI


Qoudsayah http://youtu.be/sbzFmRysH3o But protesters soon come under attack from loyalists http://youtu.be/ilGyTinfNGk Still, at night people take to the streets again http://youtu.be/TrKpcFwVyTE

At night, a major demonstration takes place in Zamalka http://youtu.be/HzsPN4x54GQ , http://youtu.be/nEmN5qLhfGM and in Sirghaya http://youtu.be/rUMkFy6Jjiw Harasta http://youtu.be/yji7Zat9veE Kafar Batna http://youtu.be/ByYdlEyBDQk Yafour & Sabbourah http://youtu.be/I8wnH7QvCmU

IDLIB: In Khan Shaikhoon a funeral-cum-protest http://youtu.be/zRoYsJWRWR8 , http://youtu.be/K7HpjpCuEFg a local martyr http://youtu.be/C2tq2l3SHTI At night, the neighborhood comes under renewed fire http://youtu.be/TIkqfZEiZHQ

Taftanaz http://youtu.be/RH8yOB4Vo1M A similar event in Idlib City http://youtu.be/9XIi8rEFNQg , http://youtu.be/PUzHjawsK5w Kafrenbel Banner “Civilized World! The Syrian Regime’s massacres have put your credibility about Human Rights at stake” http://youtu.be/pPh7pNczXSo Protesters later come under fire http://youtu.be/wX4YORau1RA resulting in several casualties, including this one http://youtu.be/g5KSBl8C9LA

Ma’arat Hourmeh http://youtu.be/HsBNxw33OMw Binnish http://youtu.be/7tcDn4hT-7Q , http://youtu.be/jC6Uk3RH1X0 Kafroumah Tanks at the outskirts http://youtu.be/NbTnSldaKyo protests downtown  http://youtu.be/I2aDhatGJ7Y , http://youtu.be/rBBy02VYM5c Hzano http://youtu.be/_gXiJCLs0BA Kafar Sajnah “your silence is killing us, we only have God [on our side]” http://youtu.be/GoTLNBwwQKg , http://youtu.be/AgiuUwGvh3g Kafar Takhareem http://youtu.be/MwGJPHHVJJA Ma’arrat Al-Nouman http://youtu.be/mHyTFC5WhhM , http://youtu.be/40bsH5b8PSE Jbala http://youtu.be/5t-1KuupIoM Ta’oum http://youtu.be/GUSnYxFRCyo Night http://youtu.be/_lV2alfUR7k Saraqib http://youtu.be/htjdZrL13CI Habeet http://youtu.be/PLOWfc1AY1E Eltaman’ah http://youtu.be/R0bNB2GGDaA Sheikh Moustafa http://youtu.be/EDsUC6s0ayE Jabal Al-Zawiyeh “Even if you us all, the rocks of the mountain will defy you” http://youtu.be/HZer7RYvprg Zardana http://youtu.be/KKJYUUz3haQ Heesh http://youtu.be/mGZkHXikBz4 Jisr Ashoughour (Kastan) http://youtu.be/NhSAvpxBFzA Telmens http://youtu.be/rOmvPyGf3-U Sarmada http://youtu.be/hXKHVOC39ng Ma’arrat Masreen Banner “We demand a buffer zone for the FSA” http://youtu.be/KAMsqh5G0l8 Sarmeen http://youtu.be/LaHTvQvKj7I Jarjanaz http://youtu.be/hcpzXOH0pbU Hreinoush http://youtu.be/1_eGJoUx_oU Elteh http://youtu.be/zEdMH7pRZBc Ain Sheeb http://youtu.be/RRKYaOKhXqE Ma’asaran http://youtu.be/S_pwcvT084M Gilli http://youtu.be/Jif66500dCc Ghadfeh http://youtu.be/KnegSai0UNE Farkayah http://youtu.be/jmXrblIsQb0 Khan Al-Subul http://youtu.be/ygJqGckYIXY

HAMA: The minaret of the local mosque in Kafranboudeh is targeted by loyalists http://youtu.be/C6Gr5gFd7Gc

Major demonstrations took place in Hilfaya Banner “Surpoprt the Free Syrian Army before it’s too late” http://youtu.be/FlP7iz8ERVI , http://youtu.be/R9A_7IiYYUY Kafar Zeita “he speaks about reforms, but he is actually a murderer. He is a madman, a madman” http://youtu.be/OuqdYbbREWY Taybat Al-Imam http://youtu.be/ypv3vwZBWRg Breidej “Freedom forever in spite of you Assad” http://youtu.be/Hmisvmb7SOU Sauran http://youtu.be/hzZX4-i2Uoc , http://youtu.be/rFfjWpyd2Fk Karnaz http://youtu.be/zN59_YxoB84 Mourek http://youtu.be/EnhKgklp2Mk Ellatamneh http://youtu.be/oF8iaGtPM8c Ma’ardis http://youtu.be/mlcTqIZEhEg In Khattab, local protesters present their own secret weapon for fighting against Bashar http://youtu.be/AVtEDbPumpI which was a small act in a big show of defiance http://youtu.be/kK6KRMmHJ6s

Hama City Loyalist security forces open fire at protesters killing few http://youtu.be/tIoQbX51Y9Y , http://youtu.be/WjPI4w4e_zs One of the martyrs http://youtu.be/mrDAb0UVO4E (Bab Qibli) http://youtu.be/JRuQD6JON3s (Aleppo Road) http://youtu.be/blSGECjcfMU (Hamidiyeh) http://youtu.be/4h-hmXR7k-k (Frayeh) http://youtu.be/A8EmZMJvdRM (Qoussour) http://youtu.be/ecA8NXbn9T8 (Eleilaat) http://youtu.be/9o4DhyS90GQ (Kazoo) http://youtu.be/vaiGhl1ptXc (Osman Bin Affan Mosque) http://youtu.be/0IAC7309FDY (Arba’een Neighborhood) http://youtu.be/1tCQDRAywQA (Malaab) http://youtu.be/ar8hwR8ScJA Loyalists storm the neighborhood of Sabouniyeh http://youtu.be/5UBGr1tULyA

Nighttime (Hamidiyeh) http://youtu.be/M9h7EM6jnBs (Aleppo Road) http://youtu.be/5mUfGRdqTLM



Saida comes under fire at night http://youtu.be/yJ5Jkdzt8Q8 Nawa comes under fire at night http://youtu.be/nIwlc7nKGaw , http://youtu.be/tG2Wqy-YHf4 Demonstrations take place in most communities above, including Da’el http://youtu.be/E_4GCvFdTqg

In Deraa City people in Kashef Neighborhood protest inside the mosque to avoid the myriad snipers stationed throughout the city http://youtu.be/Vsf9CG3Jg8k Still, on their way out they come under fire http://youtu.be/fNTdP3Dbv5I In Sadd Street, locals manage to put a small protest together http://youtu.be/zEm3LO6ZBj8 Much larger demonstration took place in Mahata http://youtu.be/TH8WA8qqjjo And they stay through the night http://youtu.be/b-aa0sgdayo In Qoussour, loyalist security forces pursue protesters http://youtu.be/kMcfo5PoawA

ALEPPO: Aleppo City loyalists broke a small protests in Masakin Hanano http://youtu.be/yBuQx7Ni3ko Firing at protesters http://youtu.be/l5mUwRkIW1A Elsewhere in the city, people still manage to put a small protest together http://youtu.be/NqLFJU3m9jM



LATTAKIA: Hiffeh http://youtu.be/7oy15qXnL8M Lattakia City people protest inside local mosque to avoid security clampdown http://youtu.be/lM6zWJ1azmc In Jableh, a mixed coastal town of Sunnis, Alawites and Christians, loyalists lay siege to local mosques in order to prevent demonstrations http://youtu.be/6M4ZdFzo-m8

DEIR EZZOR: In Deir Ezzor City protesters come under loyalist fire http://youtu.be/MJncPH-6QAE Jarzi http://youtu.be/hPX6iMTKxRM Qrayah http://youtu.be/wSNaPYpY2nQ  

HASSAKEH: Qamishly http://youtu.be/1C3fl0lNtAU , http://youtu.be/mryv0TMRNMs Amoudeh Assad, his brother, his cousin and his FM are hang in effigy http://youtu.be/edaFbivskyc , http://youtu.be/YvKY-K6vwUg Ras Al-Ain http://youtu.be/myKf0U2TLW8 Dirbassiyeh http://youtu.be/_3txCyXeMT4 Ghweiran http://youtu.be/NWJmyA8VdhU

Saturday December 24 highlights
Protests throughout the country were dedicated to Baba Amr Neighborhood in Homs City which underwent heavy pounding by loyalists in an effort to bring this restive neighborhood under control.

HOMS CITY: two tanks taking part of the siege of Baba Amr http://youtu.be/-kW_fPB5m9w As the sounds of prayers and gunfire are intermixed http://youtu.be/VAX_kPn_LWo , http://youtu.be/W-Q43314omY The pounding continues http://youtu.be/CloVC1969lA It intensifies http://youtu.be/znEFMDqbSdg Tanks storm the fields affiliated with the neighborhoods http://youtu.be/jd2Kz6ve8BM In the brief lull between bouts of shelling, the local women call for help http://youtu.be/ZhPREh_LeIA A new martyr http://youtu.be/c9xeAsqLqpU Women die under fire too http://youtu.be/Q8ZS7Nf-Hqo Some get wounded http://youtu.be/eSIrbIrDJf0 Entire families are hurt http://youtu.be/h_iW1WFf8sA

Khaldiyeh holds a funeral http://youtu.be/QAbOUs5IQ-A for this activist http://youtu.be/DAhfwyFOfHY and come under fire at night http://youtu.be/4D8efj9GJ-s

Demonstrations take place in Bab Al-Sibaa http://youtu.be/fHvDbz6gA4M A recent defector takes part http://youtu.be/RS8ERIopDBo Night Ghouta http://youtu.be/ZElzxJ7cMZs Jouret Al-Shayah http://youtu.be/eEEdxEP3tR0 Shammas http://youtu.be/BcpD_1DCcVk Qoussour http://youtu.be/-yDb7uBnFoo Khaldiyeh http://youtu.be/S8XwCPTnBtY Wa’er http://youtu.be/-e8cbu3zMvE

HOMS PROVINCE: Teer Ma’allah http://youtu.be/i7gI0xZkD7I Qseir http://youtu.be/jShWi_l2RjU Talbisseh holds a funeral http://youtu.be/OBwzTpWrCpM for this martyr http://youtu.be/xhcXR5qVfB4 They come under heavy fire but they stand their ground http://youtu.be/DXcUA_cdq3g

Houleh offers a martyr who was killed under torture http://youtu.be/_z2MgLXxDlg And another http://youtu.be/Hyr8Vf3U3uE But at night, and despite the rain, people take to the streets http://youtu.be/WJ8f-_6AwF8

Ghanto holds a funeral http://youtu.be/zj_EX1s-Hoo And another funeral http://youtu.be/vvOOO6XWkbg for this activist who was killed under torture http://youtu.be/l_fjOZn9vBA The sister takes part and leads the chant “Syria wants freedom” http://youtu.be/VNRTstAHjkw

Tadmor (Palmyra) http://youtu.be/EB7JrK1Tp4Q

IDLIB: Ariha All-women http://youtu.be/1n_mMNnfgXY Haass http://youtu.be/Kc_EzNkiuhQ Idlib City holds a funeral http://youtu.be/3xmpWzfikW0 for this martyr http://youtu.be/krJhIJwrfE0 Ma’arrat Al-Nouman buries this child martyr http://youtu.be/KrGPzpFHm9g More demonstrations took place in Barseh http://youtu.be/z9jQ3y_D8gE Binnish http://youtu.be/V8ckGQLUPlY At night, the region around Khan Shaikhoon come fire http://youtu.be/wOkoTP04CN0

DAMASCUS CITY: The inhabitants of the suburb of Douma hold a double funeral for Friday’s martyrs http://youtu.be/LPYSnht85Ac The two martyrs http://youtu.be/XBpcK5DqpAA , http://youtu.be/_wQ-NUV9Tdc thousands took part http://youtu.be/sctjS4fZFK0 , http://youtu.be/938zRxDojiU “Bashar stop barking, the people want a no-fly zone” http://youtu.be/TQCpmgeNvxw , http://youtu.be/fC3-C9ck8Qk , http://youtu.be/J6xooEKsVcs Funerals are called weddings and in a typical fashion of a wedding, the martyr’s colleagues take him for a spin http://youtu.be/57dOg9N_UaE The women follow from a distance and are protected by the men http://youtu.be/uYH7Bd2XL2o More mourning at night http://youtu.be/-QPAsTwNw70

The locals at Sayidah Zeinab held a funeral http://youtu.be/l3XXBmpXV0E for this martyr http://youtu.be/BcRz1OTjvdQ said to have been killed in the suicide attacks in Damascus, but locals blamed the authorities for the death and clashed with security forces.

Assad Security forces prevent a funeral in Moadamiyeh http://youtu.be/BcoB1tdAGGA , http://youtu.be/3hmy7II7M7g from reaching the local cemetery http://youtu.be/XEDCmpMGmaE

More demonstrations Midan http://youtu.be/8tcM-0llSXA  , http://youtu.be/PFA2ah6brKE Zahirah http://youtu.be/lPNgMq9E0zE An all women demonstration in Daraya http://youtu.be/up_lhZkBHBk And a major nighttime demonstration is held http://youtu.be/l_60EvUlAvg Barzeh http://youtu.be/o0jCvLAAa0M

RURAL & SUBURBAN DAMASCUS: Rheibeh holds a funeral http://youtu.be/IsEFdSDMogk Nighttime protests took place in Zamalka http://youtu.be/3YnEoTJJNrg Hamouriyeh http://youtu.be/_dD2MPh3HM8 Assali http://youtu.be/e9YfEKCkT1k Yabroud http://youtu.be/oatUYC7sp8o

HAMA: Kafar Zeita http://youtu.be/5S0du9trEg0 Taybat Al-Imam http://youtu.be/CNhbyGlCHgw Hama City (Hamidyeh) locals send their best wishes to their Christian neighbors http://youtu.be/_j-a9luzFko

DERAA/HAURAN: In Ghabaghib a mother grieves for martyred son http://youtu.be/6-Y8LFA3DmE His funeral http://youtu.be/r2sbWZxdp2U

Impact of shelling on Hraak (Dec 21) http://youtu.be/lT1zmTG2bVs , http://youtu.be/iR5NJlo7Z7Q Tanks roam the streets http://youtu.be/K20pcM9_XaI and open fire on locals http://youtu.be/sNUwIMCYlQg


ALEPPO: Tal Rif’aat holds a funeral for a woman martyr http://youtu.be/W2Xf8nh2Uos , http://youtu.be/LYdXp19iVxI Elbab http://youtu.be/OcL5_TdJb5o