Wednesday, January 18, 2012

The madness continues!

The Assads have no strategy beyond pounding away at their troubles. Opposition groups have no strategy beyond begging for international intervention/recognition. The International community has no strategy beyond watching in occasionally genuine horror and disbelief. Only the revolutionaries, peaceful and armed, seem to know what they are doing, and perhaps that suffices.

Tuesday 17, 2012

Today’s death toll:  37, mostly in Homs City where loyalist troops intensified their pounding of the restive neighborhoods of Baba Amr, Bayadah, Khaldiyeh and Qoussour.

The towns of the Madaya and Zabadani in Western Damascus continue to be pounded as well, but loyalists have failed to enter the towns and have reportedly incurred heavy casualties as result of their failed attempts.

Links

In addition to the clips below, there were hundreds of videos of daytime and nighttime rallies that took place in all the usual places. By now the patterns have been clearly established: protest rallies are part of the daily routine throughout the country, with few exceptions, notably: Central Damascus, Central Aleppo, and coastal cities.

HOMS CITY

The madness of Assad and his loyalists continue to manifest itself in the streets and neighborhoods of Homs City where residential neighborhoods continue to be pounded around the clock.

Khaldiyeh: The neighborhood comes under heavy pounding http://youtu.be/wgrmMKcC4iI , http://youtu.be/KdXhs32ba4g , http://youtu.be/-uNDRrAWhWk A volunteer paramedic is among the killed http://youtu.be/kDyE533AmIs Another martyr http://youtu.be/PD5CEn_-lKw And another http://youtu.be/R5c3Vuid7YE Locals took advantage of a lull in pounding to hold an impromptu funeral for 2 of their martyrs http://youtu.be/XhRMQMc4gc8 But the pounding soon resumes http://youtu.be/KlbN7cKYYQA Locals still took to the streets at night http://youtu.be/fbq98yxhosw

Bayadah: an apartment complex is targeted by RPGs http://youtu.be/qivKuJgtoCU A tank in action http://youtu.be/Pz1oNLPPT40 Another http://youtu.be/iNxZz3ybiXo Impact of pounding http://youtu.be/WSGja1mwxBQ

Baba Amr: people stand in line for bread http://youtu.be/e6XFqnoHYEM Yesterday, loyalists opened fire on people doing the same thing in Karm Al-Zeitun leaving many dead and wounded. Indeed, today’s scene made for a tempting target for loyalist snipers http://youtu.be/lrJgyV3o530 , http://youtu.be/H-UWKFSeOrg A martyr http://youtu.be/-jsozTPdsTA Locals still took to the streets at night http://youtu.be/_3HnuXymYiU

Karm Al-Zeitun comes under heavy fire http://youtu.be/6kKAwEx5_Io


To shore up the morale of the local population, local commanders affiliated with the Free Syrian Army roam the streets of Homs http://youtu.be/9jHj7Z4GRQQ While, others come together with new recruits to form a new unit http://youtu.be/dbODdVwVc04

Meanwhile, the neighborhood of Bab Al-Sibaa receives a visit from AL monitors http://youtu.be/1Q1VRR-oreI Local activist Omar Al-Tillawi talks to them http://youtu.be/aHez14a64JU

HOMS PROVINCE


HAMA CITY

Impact of pounding on a local school http://youtu.be/Oh87W92j-ss Hadir the body of an unknown child lies unapproachable in the street http://youtu.be/y29oL_BgTQA Hamidiyeh A funeral http://youtu.be/iaHm6Zmyj4Y , http://youtu.be/uncEKMwDtnU

IDLIB

A bus was hit by an IED on the road between Aleppo City and Sarmeen http://youtu.be/Qb7WjR1HcFU , http://youtu.be/Slr-sTa5lqk killing 8 and wounding a dozen people including passersby http://youtu.be/g6PQoPL6fO4 Locals blame the explosion on loyalist militias http://youtu.be/aYzyuD7XWvA , http://youtu.be/0Cls52hxV28 , http://youtu.be/kSntHzOGVEU

Ariha: 3 soldiers were executed by loyalists for refusing to take part in the crackdown http://youtu.be/NycNXO8I4d4

Binnish: locals await the arrival of AL monitors http://youtu.be/KyIPw30M9r4  , http://youtu.be/_NpvHa5FmhI

Khan Shaikhoon A martyr http://youtu.be/tTeHwHE9WqU The funeral http://youtu.be/QgC3OmO3bTg

In Jisr Ashoughour, loyalist troops break into shops observing the calls for general strike http://youtu.be/WAuvJYx4Tt0

DAMASCUS – WEST

The pounding of the town of Zabadani continues http://youtu.be/kZmtA0NcHnY Impact of pounding http://youtu.be/rEpWVU2XoNc , http://youtu.be/udi-jNAOt2A , http://youtu.be/T2a4s_yeWl8 , http://youtu.be/x051qohTtPc But while loyalists can pound the city from afar, they certainly cannot enter it: 4 tanks and 7 BMPs were destroyed over the last 5 days http://youtu.be/ymmTiNI8UPU , http://youtu.be/ilT--xFFJKY , http://youtu.be/NSEYazO_ioU many were killed, and local defectors managed to capture few prisoners http://youtu.be/QkN2kuaWV6Q

DAMASCUS – SOUTH

Kisweh people give a warm welcome to AL monitors http://youtu.be/XtOOWWgT9cU , http://youtu.be/4YnQKfOHtPM as they chant “the people want to execute the president” http://youtu.be/m-bdLjgwVrs Mothers of local martyrs speak to the monitors http://youtu.be/5g5DDzMj4Js

DERAA/HAURAN

A new fighting unit of defectors and local supporters is formed http://youtu.be/x-NmK3GK2Bw

Loyalists troops disperse a protest rally http://youtu.be/j021x_qAaI0 and chase after protesters through the narrow alleyways http://youtu.be/wU35PEDKz8g

DEIR EZZOR

Loyalists and tanks in Qouriyeh http://youtu.be/Uld9TJHZQ74

ALEPPO CITY

Students at the University of Aleppo (College of Science) organize a sit-in and call for the execution of Assad http://youtu.be/N9G7LxQSxO4 Crackdown follows http://youtu.be/PvEK0lTXj5I