Saturday, February 4, 2012

New Hama in Old Homs!

On the thirtieth anniversary of infamous Hama Massacre and as world leaders wrangle over the passage of a toothless resolution, the Assads have decided to give the world a replay, in Homs.

Friday 03, 2012 – A day dedicated to Hama “Please forgive us Hama”

Today’s death toll:  Hundreds.

Over 260 were killed in Homs City (150 in Khaldiyeh Neighborhood, the rest in Insha’aat, Bab Dreib, Baba Amr, Bayadah, Jouret Al-Shayah and Bab Al-Sibaa).

Dozens reported dead in the towns of Zabadani and Madaya in Rural Damascus on account of pounding that followed an attempt at reinvading the two restive communities that was foiled by local members of the Free Syrian Army.

16 more were killed in other communities in Rural Damascus including Daraya ((9), Rankous (4)and Yabroud (2).

3 in Aleppo City (Marjeh Neighborhood), 1 in Hama City, 2 in Kafar Takhreen in Idlib Province (children killed when a mine left by loyalists blew up near the local cultural center).

2 in Houleh (a local doctor and his son who were kidnapped yesterday) and 1 in Rastan in Homs Province.

1 in Idlib City (a man who was napped by loyalists a few days earlier)…

14 loyalists were killed in clashes in Deraa/Hauran Province (Jassem, Nawa, Kafar Shams). More were reportedl killed as well in Qouriyeh in Deir Ezzor Province.

In Anadan in Aleppo Province, rebels affiliated with the Free Syrian Army clashed with local authorities shortly after dawn prayers and established their control over the local military security headquarters.

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The replay of the Hama Massacre in Homs City was a logical choice really. For though Hama City itself was not spared the pounding today, with most of the old historic neighborhoods already destroyed back in 1982, Homs City with old well-preserved historic town must have seemed like a “logical” alternate. The replay itself was done for purely educational proposes of course: the Assads simply want to pound in the lesson that they would not go gently into that good night into our thick rebellious skulls.

So let world leaders grab some popcorn, pour some melted butter over it and enjoy the unfolding gore. Let the Assads  entertain those zombies in their collective soul.

 
Defectors in Rastan attending the burial of one of their own

Homs

Homs City

Khaldiyeh: After a new round defection took place, and with initial clashes between loyalist troops and defectors leaving many casualties among loyalists with 19 loyalists reported captured, loyalist troops used heavy artillery and mortars to pound the neighborhood, as thousands of locals were holding their nighttime rally: over 220 are now confirmed dead, but with hundreds of wounded still being treated in dismal conditions, the toll is expected to rise.

The first images as the victims of the massacre as they were broadcasted live on Al-Jazeerah http://youtu.be/CWypx2GviFE CNN interviews a local activist who was a witness to the massacre unfolding http://ac360.blogs.cnn.com/2012/02/03/video-activist-more-than-200-syrians-killed-in-one-day/  

More videos of victims http://youtu.be/D_dr8R_OLP4 , http://youtu.be/sQ-6vtJ6wi0 The wounded, the dead, the dying were all initially transported to a local mosque for immediate treatment http://youtu.be/Zvs88fS4TfA , http://youtu.be/Nn7yA_u_JPI , http://youtu.be/bvx2lQmh0Bw , http://youtu.be/1dW9Gndcxi4 Others were smuggled to Baba Amr which has several makeshift clinics under the protection of the Free Syrian Army. The chaotic the scene in the streets http://youtu.be/qXltfhI-OcY A martyred child http://youtu.be/gAWBjFhGPBo Another martyr http://youtu.be/K0oU0sZLJe4 Treating the wounded http://youtu.be/dcaa0c-BTPk , http://youtu.be/_u-FhqRnfI4 , http://youtu.be/QwFJZdPVUwQ , http://youtu.be/_C5xu_oAv_A More martyrs http://youtu.be/AThL4IIYv5A , http://youtu.be/-sfgyOl0Ong , http://youtu.be/lxEsp0HYph4 , http://youtu.be/rP_mh-vaIDc

Scenes from the clashes that took place earlier in Cairo Street between defectors and loyalists leading to the destruction of a number of armored vehicles and BMPs http://youtu.be/TuiwUFDuI4s, http://youtu.be/Bf1OJBnEehg, http://youtu.be/UyKGJ6GNaSs , http://youtu.be/nvl_t14M2tA

These are the 19 loyalists that were captured by the Farouq Brigade. They get interrogated on camera but no abuse takes place, and none of them shows any sign of abuse. They are asked a simple question: You’re professional soldiers, you had more weapons and more ammunition, and you always chant “God, Syria, Bashar,” so how come you surrendered so easily. At first they are all at loss for an answer, then, one of the says: “Bashar is in his palace leaving us here to get killed” http://youtu.be/HYAHFjFvaVo The people in the back row admit to being all Alawites, the rest are Sunnis. One of the Alawites admits to have been brought out of retirement at the beginning of the Revolution. The Alawites are asked: have we treated any differently than the Sunni captives? They reply “no.” Then the loyalist Sunnis are asked: Do Alawites get treated any better than you in your units? They all say “yes.” So, who’s spreading sectarianism then? The regime or the revolutionaries? Then all are told that the regime, backed by Russia, is trying to create a civil war but won’t succeed because the Syrian people are better than this. Finally, the interrogator says that all 19 prisoners will be freed in 3 days should the lowest ranking Russian diplomat come to claim them. He then sarcastically encourages the retired Alawite security officer not to forget coming out on Addounia TV to tell the world about how armed gangs kidnapped him and his colleagues.  

The noontime rally that took place in Khaldiyeh Square http://youtu.be/6veVRM9LvE0 , http://youtu.be/OnIZxaX5feQ The nighttime rally http://youtu.be/gnYO4iIAweo

The pounding didn’t stop at Khaldiyeh, Insha’aat was pounded as well setting several houses on fire http://youtu.be/enbBpdyce7E , http://youtu.be/CtAFWI9SV_k so was Midan http://youtu.be/szrAunFV9wc Bab Dreib http://youtu.be/4kHecKgpsqw  Wa’er http://youtu.be/9c9UPSoJqWA Malaab http://youtu.be/bJGVrRrYw1E And all through Old Homs http://youtu.be/iAOLbg1RJKo

Earlir in the day:

Boustan Al-Diwan: Members of the FSA put up barricades around the newly liberated neighborhoods http://youtu.be/nTYuk_UU_KE

Bab Al-Sibaa: Activist Omar Tellawi interviews a local assaulted by loyalist as he was leaving the neighborhood to run errands. This kind of intimidation is part of daily realities to locals http://youtu.be/6VwkVP0uzbE Another interview with a man hit by loyalists manning a checkpoint http://youtu.be/0AAmg2d-bOg

Jub Al-Jandali: a victim of snipers http://youtu.be/VM5noTafNeE

Bab Dreib: a survey of the havoc http://youtu.be/YKDeq5DccVk , http://youtu.be/DV260ZmSWPY

Al-Rifai: snipers shoots at worshippers as they stream out of the local mosque http://youtu.be/iqxPYSTKMWc

Baba Amr: A tour of one of the neighborhoods many abandoned parts http://youtu.be/bnWIwnMOnO0 Local activist Abdelbassit Sarout reports on a sniper attack that claimed a father and his son driving their truck (Feb 2) http://youtu.be/4pXmP_ygPIo Local activist Khalid Abou Salah introduces two new high ranking defectors to the protesters http://youtu.be/rFY2VlJUVG8

Daytime Rallies

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Homs Province

Rastan: A colonel in the Air Force, Qassem Saadeddine, among other lower ranking officers declare their defection from Assad’s army joining the ranks of the FSA http://youtu.be/rAo2ecAbUOg The pounding and looting by loyalists continues in some parts http://youtu.be/gbvXrbw929o Treating the wounded http://youtu.be/WL1i75XY4qw Local FSA members rush to fend an incursion by loyalists http://youtu.be/Usc-Qzufx7o The pounding resumes using mortars, houses catch fire http://youtu.be/vSHc_4ziShc , http://youtu.be/6ZTEHRo5vv4 , http://youtu.be/ThHFoL3QG4U A tour of the “liberated” parts of town http://youtu.be/6uPishmNL5Y

Zaafaraneh: Local members of the FSA address the crowds http://youtu.be/GWY5WQTOZLY Defectors from the local police force roam the streets http://youtu.be/tpQ9IL9VfT0

Sukhnah: local defector addresses the multitude http://youtu.be/y2u2hQfhXjc

Talbisseh: soon after their noontime rally, the town gets pounded again http://youtu.be/aOsWvxXEJ98 Local water tanks bursts http://youtu.be/IiRCtBGjkfQ

Tadmor nighttime protesters comer under fire http://youtu.be/5jjrUcrTObw they the entire town gets pounded http://youtu.be/gNUcLCxHcMY

Tal Shur is pounded at night http://youtu.be/SvOrzElEO4c

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Damascus

Damascus City

Al-Hajar Al-Aswad: loyalists patrol the neighborhood during the day http://youtu.be/Dl1hzGg4YhI search cars http://youtu.be/MtjPDDVkjms and arrest children http://youtu.be/2xb8M4k7AoU They also surround Rahman Mosque to prevent worshippers from staging a rally http://youtu.be/agaDSMa8YOg

Jobar: Loyalists patrol the streets http://youtu.be/dJk74A32O1I

Midan: Majed Mosque is besieged by loyalists militias bent on preventing a rally from taking place http://youtu.be/Gtgea0b4jNk

Naher Eisheh: protesters came out to show support to locals in Zabadani and Khaldiyeh by closing the highway linking Amman to Damascus http://youtu.be/xjeNcBnpzls and come under fire http://youtu.be/YZWWzGCgJ9Y

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Eastern Ghoutah

Saqba: unidentified martyrs found (Jan 31) http://youtu.be/UdrN0EQWSO8 Loyalists have been looting stores http://youtu.be/OWC-3Vmm-xY the makeshift clinic for treating the wounded protesters ransacked http://youtu.be/xsN6HE9EpT4

Zamalka: loyalist troops patrol the streets of the suburb in their tanks and armored vehicles http://youtu.be/2K7WHvqEzn8

Douma: tanks are stationed throughout the town http://youtu.be/uHH6zlY6HNQ A martyr http://youtu.be/ySGKcVAtk8o

Harasta: loyalists patrol the city http://youtu.be/AS2Q_QHzePc , http://youtu.be/TWpeapveydY Havoc in Freedom Square http://youtu.be/cly1V-CMzWA

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Douma (in support of victims of massacre sin Zabadani and Khaldiyeh) http://youtu.be/wxnbc7F5tto

Damascus South


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West (Zabadani and Wadi Barada)

Deir Qanoun: local hold mass funeral for martyrs of yesterday’s pounding http://youtu.be/dlZtBYE8m9Q , http://youtu.be/ltvM2DYJa30 , http://youtu.be/m9jrejTyWYM Local members of the FSA destroy a loyalist tanks at the town’s entrance http://youtu.be/3BZZGJpmbak

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North (The Qalamoun Region )

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Hama

Hama City

Different neighborhood come under fire at night http://youtu.be/3aR_qc9uf-U , http://youtu.be/VeEQ82LUPVs

Al-Karameh: protesters http://youtu.be/M9A1yIorbF0 come under fire http://youtu.be/-84nw5AY4ig  A Martyr http://youtu.be/i2v85l-ac5U

Janoub Al-Malaab: the early morning pounding http://youtu.be/krV33VpAuLg , http://youtu.be/4zpp3RmlnPM does not stop a noontime rally http://youtu.be/7I3b_nnM5m0 a martyr and his son http://youtu.be/Ad9vY_7VzoI The pounding of the neighborhood resumed at night http://youtu.be/JuKfhGsZkVw

Aleppo Road: a major explosion at night http://youtu.be/CPMQk2MZbk4

Bab Qibli comes under fire http://youtu.be/vfwzms6V98c

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Hama Province

New defections and a new armed unit is formed for the Hama Province http://youtu.be/yCuKy8AktRI

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Idlib


More defections and the creation of a new fighting unit http://youtu.be/-hxC5o99ya0

Kafar Takhareem: loyalists seem to have left mines behind after being forced to leave town, one of them blew up today killing two children http://youtu.be/-iMoIoGHHCQ , http://youtu.be/YwRZeHIJwMQ

Sarjah: tanks pound their way into town http://youtu.be/2zy3gdzM0SI , http://youtu.be/JotBXqtInAo

Ariha: tanks patrol the streets http://youtu.be/OhQKXewjdPI , http://youtu.be/7XefBCNhegs

Khan Shaikhoon: new defector addresses the crowds http://youtu.be/A5NK5cUXqUY

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Idlib city: http://youtu.be/M2o4qeNJ6is , http://youtu.be/G11Nnd6xkRc , http://youtu.be/GRxVU6pQyLQ , http://youtu.be/Vo37-ZiI39Y , http://youtu.be/_fTz7xc0-i0 M’arrat Al-Nouman http://youtu.be/zgmiI2kjepo , http://youtu.be/uXuALALqHs4 Binnish http://youtu.be/8hpJDkbaW-A , http://youtu.be/fPYWfyMNrW4 , http://youtu.be/ZLxFBmXQfjc Kafroumah http://youtu.be/e757FFLwBt0 , http://youtu.be/TJv9u5VeVMM Kafrenbel http://youtu.be/5H4T8GjhNE4 , http://youtu.be/_J9_6gSBT9c Hass http://youtu.be/oTk-iYEJxlY Jisr Ashoughour (Najiyeh) http://youtu.be/VEs8DLiKT84 (Kastan) http://youtu.be/KFgEgyPlvOA (Darkoush) http://youtu.be/ejLc-O91lSQ Ma’arret Masreen http://youtu.be/qiA4yueR9ig , http://youtu.be/3EbFb8WRQM0 Taftanaz http://youtu.be/VDZJ2XG7sks , http://youtu.be/I8xs61UnW9A Kinsafrah http://youtu.be/yGBayOyVJvo Hzano http://youtu.be/HtOy7889KdA Sinjar http://youtu.be/SGHGrzajysw Rami http://youtu.be/K1U1I604FVM Ariha http://youtu.be/cOMH_vb9Yvw Deir Sharqi http://youtu.be/iY4TxIBYmNU Kafar Yahmoul http://youtu.be/DvjYpG_PwTM Ellatamneh (burning the Russian flag) http://youtu.be/8BofP1RTxEI Sarmeen http://youtu.be/rnGlFJL7SMo Kafar Takhareem http://youtu.be/4l6S1Pe8nUA Kafar Sajneh http://youtu.be/nSZXVOw09PE Ma’arrat Hourmah http://youtu.be/A7wvSFTE470 Afis (burning the Russian flag) http://youtu.be/4Nxu2mveeOs Tirmaneen http://youtu.be/v6_to518R-g Abeen http://youtu.be/ooAQlFzAayA Kafar Jaless http://youtu.be/BBV_vMt9b1c Hbeit http://youtu.be/J5KIW750XHc Sinjar http://youtu.be/808RvVzCRHQ Courine http://youtu.be/s2U5BeD4YOk Ghadfah http://youtu.be/txbqRaEjaog Kafar Ouaid http://youtu.be/VsBt4Hv2ELA , http://youtu.be/aJMmeKpO-gE Sahel Al-Rouj http://youtu.be/IAzjlQnAJQw Tilmens http://youtu.be/eEpH09W_MfM Sarmada http://youtu.be/Pe6MtA_qKII Mastoumeh http://youtu.be/iMkrRmpcRos Orm Al-Joz http://youtu.be/GODNnumc00k Ma’arzaf http://youtu.be/E5sAIlJAVhU Jabal Al-Zawiyeh http://youtu.be/KAmcF_AEpGI Khan Shaikhoon http://youtu.be/s2BMfjbpHLM Deir Sunbul http://youtu.be/LBi_KOuDiok Gilli http://youtu.be/XVfLWbckPBc Jarjanaz http://youtu.be/zGLka4N8ggM Mdaya http://youtu.be/GF7LLQ62Yzc Salqeen http://youtu.be/jpus4AIRVfU Saraqib http://youtu.be/pvNZWQ5EHv4

Nighttime Rallies


Deraa/Hauran

Deraa City

Omari Mosque: worshippers call for toppling the regime inside the mosque having been prevented from taking to the streets by loyalist troops who lay siege to the mosque with tanks http://youtu.be/ph4FUiRaGcg Loyalist militias storm the Mosque at night http://youtu.be/ZBKfAskifyA

Worshippers in Al-Kashif neighborhood were also forced to rally on the premises http://youtu.be/mIr6CjNUGcs , http://youtu.be/0fTghomNozI worshippers in Musa Mosque in Qoussour as well http://youtu.be/BfzUFYggVjM , http://youtu.be/MM3EViwRgdo and the worshippers in Bilal Mosque in Al-Balad http://youtu.be/jFiwHHGVwdk who come under fire as soon as they leave the mosque to encourage them to disperse http://youtu.be/PiyS7K13Wn4

Hussain Mosque: worshippers were trapped inside the mosque as well, and many were arrested on their way out http://youtu.be/8u1WSIkwE7o


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Deraa/Hauran Province

Da’el: A martyr http://youtu.be/vQYMWTq7c6Y His funeral http://youtu.be/LmnG-I-mjhE , http://youtu.be/rZKJ_QZK3S8 , http://youtu.be/hFZV3qUwitY At night, local unit of FSA launches an operation against loyalist checkpoints in retaliation to the Massacre of khaldiyeh http://youtu.be/fXNV0fAZZIQ

Kafar Shams: the sounds of clashes between loyalists and defectors http://youtu.be/kkvr5VTLZfQ

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Aleppo

Aleppo City

Marjeh Protesters http://youtu.be/zTng4vLNbxg , http://youtu.be/XNutlZWDpd0 clash with loyalist militias http://youtu.be/-5xpR6dYqug and remain defiant even after they are fired at http://youtu.be/lFMbUa5p4O0 , http://youtu.be/hrR_uZ6349A Transporting the wounded and the dead http://youtu.be/aAxwpv7535U , http://youtu.be/fEIQRpHHe6A , http://youtu.be/rj8VhiUTVNM A martyr http://youtu.be/oyV453qX4y8 , http://youtu.be/QWIgpcpYFlg The wounded and the dead are strewn in the streets while bullets keep flying http://youtu.be/Fp9cpf1zS8M trying to save lives http://youtu.be/YSVUHwEXJN8

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Al-Hayat Hospital (candlelight vigil) http://youtu.be/F6aDnwxCUtA

Aleppo Province

Anadan: Crackdown by loyalist security forces on protesters staging a small rally after dawn prayers leaves a number of wounded http://youtu.be/omzvC1oNiEw and leads to a showdown between local recruits affiliated with the FSA and loyalists http://youtu.be/RE-TiXVjst8 A wounded defector http://youtu.be/OfTWy6tPs38 Treating the wounded http://youtu.be/wcqKMcZqd0o A martyr http://youtu.be/CG9cP3mQvqg His brother says goodbye http://youtu.be/mt7CCO94FJE By daylight, rebels had established their control over the building and the town http://youtu.be/EVrEIV8FB_g , http://youtu.be/7RPhais_WPc Then a mass funeral for their martyr http://youtu.be/LnAma1s_CGs , http://youtu.be/iOjrWM77pfQ

Elbab: security throw tear gas at protesters http://youtu.be/apWXjr0kyhE People rally again near the local hospital where they have transported their wounded http://youtu.be/Nd5rdCJaxx8 But they are soon attacked again http://youtu.be/eX_38RbzFus

Marei: A martyr http://youtu.be/CyC0FzCjEpc

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Deir Ezzor


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Deir Ezzor City (Jbeileh) http://youtu.be/Shs-8dBmxfY


Hassakeh


Ghuweiran: protesters http://youtu.be/Z4_Gbg8-y24 , http://youtu.be/e7huzFojos8 face up to the local security http://youtu.be/q2oTGLg0TaQ


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Lattakia


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