Friday, February 10, 2012


What the Assads and their loyalists are perpetrating right now in Syria amounts, by certain international standards, to Genocide: they are intentionally destroying members of a certain religious group.

Thursday February 09, 2012

Today’s death toll: 145. The Breakdown: 112 in Homs City including 3 women and 6 children…

But while all eyes are on Homs City, the town of Zabadani continues to be bombarded with tanks and howitzers, with locals saying that dozens of homes have been destroyed as a result. More than 50 tanks and 5,000 troops equipped with heavy artillery are now inching their way to the town. An invasion can take place any day now in what promises to be a very bloody and violent affair. The town of Madaya is already besieged on all sides.

Other communities that are witnessing serious assault include Qouriyeh in Deir Ezzor Province

Op-Eds & Special Reports

What is happening in Homs City and protest hubs across Syria today meets many of the legal elements included in the definition of Genocide, as specified in Convention on the Prevention and
Punishment of Genocide:

"Article II:  In the present Convention, genocide means any of the following acts committed with intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnical, racial or religious group, as such: (the intent can be established by using much of the discourse and venom in state-run media, as well as proliferating expert analysis of the sectarian motives of Assad core loyalists: Alawites fearing Sunni reprisals)

(a) Killing members of the group; (check)

(b) Causing serious bodily or mental harm to members of the group; (check)

(c) Deliberately inflicting on the group conditions of life calculated to bring about its physical destruction in whole or in part; (check)

(d) Imposing measures intended to prevent births within the group;

(e) Forcibly transferring children of the group to another group.

Even though, children are being targeted intentionally, something that has been highlighted by numerous human rights reports, and even though children died in incubators when power supply to hospitals were cut intentionally, elements (d) and (e) of the definition are clearly not met, and that is the only reason why some people might refrain from calling the crimes being perpetrated by the Assads as Genocide. However, according to Wikipedia, Genocide “can simply also be known as the intent to destroy a group, in part or in whole. Intent must be proven, otherwise the crime cannot be identified as genocide.” By this standard, what the Assads are doing right now in Syria is genocide.


Homs City

Baba Amr: the pounding continues , , , , , Impact of pounding Three bodies strewn in the rubble of collapsed homes Missile strike a house brought down One of the local mosque was destroyed Another mosque is hit Houses on fire , Plane flying overhead This one, local activists say, has taken part in he bombardment Local activists unable to get to this house where they believe a family is buried underneath the rubble Another demolished home

Activist Danny Abduldayem surveys the destruction (English) Removing the bodies of the dead Women and children below the rubble pulling more bodies from under the rubble

Treating 5 wounded children from the same family This baby needs an incubator, but none is available An injured little girl A little girl takes her last breaths

Local activists call for intervention saying that their neighborhoods are being wiped out

Children cry in a local shelter as the neighborhood is pounded

Insha’aat: this body of this man was left in the streets after he was kidnapped by loyalist militias. He was shot in the back several times, and dogs were chewing on his arm when he was found

Karm Al-Zeitun: a man killed by a sniper while he was buying bread Another Man taking his last breaths

Bab Dreib: the martyrdom of a local activist the grieving and angry family

Khaldiyeh: A martyr Another A small hasty funeral Martyred little girl Impact of pounding

Bayadah: wounded The local doctor shows us three martyrs and complains of lack of proper supplies and equipment  

Asheerah: a house catches fire due to pounding Loyalists carrying out a raid of the neighborhood

Bab Al-Sibaa: the wounded A man hit in the head by sniper

Qarabees: a body thrown in the street

Karm Al-Shami: pulling a body from the street

Al-Rabei Al-Arabi: A tank shoots its way through

Deir Baalbah: An operation by local members of the FSA

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Homs Province

Rastan: The pounding of Rastan with rockets , The dead and the wounded fill the streets in the aftermath of a heavy bombardment A local father describes how his children were killed when a mortar round hit their home a wounded young lady A your of the local clinic Two martyrs Impact of pounding

Members of the Men of God Brigade declare that after the city was liberated, loyalist troops pounded it killing 1,000 residents. They declare if the bombardment is not stooped they will blow up the main bridge near the town and begin targeting oil wells as well as villages supporting the regime from where loyalist militias are recruited and housed Let’s hope that this is an idle threat borne out of anger, for this is exactly the tit-for-tat that protest leaders are trying to avoid, and have been successful in preventing it so far, despite all the violence on the part of Assad loyalists.   

Talbisseh: a martyr

Tadmor: loyalist troops patrol the streets A house demolished by the pounding

Nighttime Rallies


Damascus City

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Eastern Ghoutah

Douma: The local hospital is set on fire at night, and fire trucks are nowhere to be seen

Arbeen: loyalists patrol the streets ,

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Damascus South

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West (Zabadani and Wadi Barada)

Zabadani: Of course the siege of the town is coupled with continuous shelling , , More tanks on way to Zabadani A martyr Eight more martyrs Treating the wounded Locals are suffering from shortage of bread due to ongoing siege

North (The Qalamoun Region )

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Hama City

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Hama Province

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Khan Shaikhoon: a martyr

Sarmada: A martyr

Ma’arrat Al-Nouman: tanks invade the city The pounding begins immediately , , Impact of shelling , Funeral for a martyred woman

Idlib City comes under fire

Daytime Rallies

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Deraa City

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Mahatah (student rally, all girls) ,

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Deraa/Hauran Province

Tseel: Martyr Another Houses and shops set on fire by loyalists

Ankhel: protesters come under attack

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Aleppo City

A nighttime sit-in by a local police station demanding release of detainees

Aleppo Province

Kobani: a funeral for two martyrs

Elbab: a funeral

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Deir Ezzor

Qouriyeh: tanks invade the town


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Suweida City: loyalists militias attack protesters