Sunday, February 19, 2012

The Martyrs are Marching In!

It seems that the only way we have to reclaim Syria is to do it one mass funeral at a time. The protesters seem ready and willing, and the battle for Damascus is bound to heat up.

Saturday February 18, 2012

Today’s death toll: 35, including 18 soldiers who tried to defect and were shot by loyalists in the town of Al-Atarib in Aleppo Province. The dead also include 2 mourners who took part in a major funeral/rally in Damascus City, walking distance from the presidential palace. The rest were killed in various communities in Homs City (10, including 3 women and 3 soldiers killed as they were trying to defect), Deraa (3), Hama (including 2 children), Idleb (2) and Raqqah (1) provinces.

In Damascus, mass funerals took place not only in Damascus City near the presidential palace, but also in the suburbs of Douma (Eastern Ghoutah) and Elhameh (West of Damascus).

Op-Eds & Special Reports

Leaked video shows victims of loyalist snipers being filmed and ridiculed. The cameraman refers to them as “Arours” after a known Salafi scholar who, according to official propaganda, is one of the masterminds of the revolution, despite the fact that he had issued a fatwa against conducting a revolution in Syria before he was forced by popular pressure to change his views after the beginning of the revolution

A defector’s testimony: a new defector from Aleppo says that he used to be part of a group sent by Air Force intelligence and the 80th Brigade in civies to crackdown on protesters in Sakhour and Hanano neighborhoods in Aleppo city, and their activities were blamed on armed gangs in pro-regime media. Their leaders included Taal Ghareeb, Emad Al-Shayib, Muhammad Hasasn and Wa’ed Hamdan. Regarding the explosions that took place in Aleppo, he says there were two explosions, one at 9 am and one at 9:10, followed by gunfire, although there were no real clashes with anyone. At 12:30, he says, a truck loaded with makeshift explosives were loaded up by officers from Air force intelligence, and ADdounia TV and other pro-regime media were asked to film it saying that it belonged to the armed groups responsible for the explosions


Homs City

Baba Amr: snow and gunfire at night By mourning, the streets were covered with snow Then the pounding resumes , But no matter how bad things get, people find ways to go one and “enjoy” the day, if such is still possible, like this fellow here who devised a hookah from tanks and artillery shells

A mother grieves for her martyred son Martyr Three soldiers who tried to defect are killed

Karm Al-Zeitun: Local activists gather in the morning to inspect the neighborhood and have a snow fight A woman martyr

Insha’aat: the pounding continues

Elsewhere in the city, more soldiers and officers defect and join the Free Syrian Army

Bab Tadmor: locals never miss a chance to express their feelings, here by stomping on a banner with the pictures of Putin and Assad

Bab Al-Sibaa: protesters come under fire from snipers

Bab Dreib: recent defector and locals form a new fighting unit

Nighttime Rallies

Homs Province

Tal Kalakh: more defections

Rastan: nighttime pounding leaves a home on fire

Daytime Rallies


Damascus City

Mazzeh: 30,000 locals took part in a mass funeral for yesterday’s martyrs, despite the ongoing snow storm. The event began in the Bassateen Neighborhood of Mazzeh then, mourner crossed the major highway (Mazzeh Autostrad) passing by the Iranian Embassy on their way to the Great Mosque and the nearby cemetery in the Sheikh Saad Neighborhood, just 15 minutes walking distance from the Presidential Palace, where they merged with thousands of other mourners already waiting for them there ,

The snow did not damper the enthusiasm of the mourners/protesters , Immediately after mourners were done with the burial ceremony and as they headed out of the cemetery Loyalist security forces opened fire wounding 4 and killing 2 protesters , , , People disperse into the side streets after the shooting , Men and women of all ages took part The event was broadcasted live on ustream

The women in the rally hoisted the independence flag and chanted in support of the Free Syrian Army, second later, security fire straight into the crowd The injured are treated harshly as they lies in the streets Some protesters remain defiant shouting “Freedom forever, in spite of you Assad”

Barzeh: the people of the neighborhood observes a strike in protest over the continued crackdown and their inability to bury their own dead ,

Nighttime Rallies
Kafar Sousseh , Assaly Wadi Al-Masharei (Zor Afa – A Kurdish neighborhood)

Damascus East (Eastern & Western Ghoutah)

Douma: Another mass funeral under the snow for 2 activists , The two martyrs , At night, another mass rally is held , ,

Daytime Rallies

Nighttime Rallies

Damascus South (Southern Ghoutah)

Daytime Rallies

Nighttime Rallies

West (Zabadani and Wadi Barada)

Elhameh: Another major funeral took place in this Damascene suburb to the northwest of Damascus , Snow does not dampen the morale of the mourners , Post-funeral rally , , , ,

North (The Qalamoun Region )

Daytime Rallies


Hama City

Nighttime Rallies

Hama Province

Taybat Al-Imam: Funeral

Daytime Rallies


Kafrenbel: tanks roam the streets

Ma’arrat Al-Nouman: Martyr

Ihsem: The body of a man found in the street showing signs of torture

Daytime Rallies

Nighttime Rallies
Ma’arrat Masreen


Deraa City

Deraa City: martyr

Deraa/Hauran Province

Kafar Shams: Funeral

Basr Al-Harir: tanks roam the streets ,

Harrah: Trying to save a protester who was shot

Daytime Rallies


Aleppo City

An officer affiliated with the Military Court declares his defection

Nighttime Rallies

Deir Ezzor

Qouriyeh: tanks roam the streets

Deir Ezzor City: funeral

Nighttime Rallies
Deir Ezzor City (Jbeileh)


Hassakeh City: Protesters in Ghueiran neighborhood come under heavy gunfire at night ,

Daytime Rallies