Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Tzars & Bazars!

At the UN, the Russians are haggling over the milk they themselves have spilt, while U.S. pushes for a resolution with no teeth. The Syrian Revolution continues to mystify all. Meanwhile the killing continues, and the defiance.

Tuesday 31, 2012 – A day for National Mourning

Today’s death toll: 45, mostly in Idlib and Homs provinces.

Loyalist troops have stored communities in Eastern Ghoutah and Qalamoun regions in Rural Damascus, including the town of Rankous where they are reportedly engaged in large-scale looting and whole sale demolition of houses.

Meanwhile, the pounding of Rastan and Homs City continues. So does the pounding of Ma’arrat Al-Nouman, Ariha and Kafrenbel in Idlib Province.

Clashes between loyalists and defectors were also reported on the outskirts of Mseifrah in Deraa/Hauran province.


Russia’s Dilemma

Russia has created its own problem in Syria. Its interests in Syria were never at stake, the Syrian Revolution did not jeopardize anything in this regard. Syrian protesters never had any reason to review or call for reviewing the nature and state of Syrian-Russian relations. There was absolutely no reason to suspect that Syrian-Russian would have been anything but normal, if not cordial, under a new political leadership, that is, not until Russian high level officials began opening their mouths uttering all different sorts of nonsense, and not until Russian ships began delivering new shipments of weapons and ammunitions to the Assads actively facilitating the current violent crackdown taking place.

With their uncompromising stand by the Assads even as they methodically slaughtered their own people, Russia became complicit in this situation and as equally guilty of crimes against humanity as the Assads and their loyalists. No Syrian political figure is currently in a position to give Russia any assurances regarding their interests in Syria. This decision can only be made by the Syrian people, and judging by popular sentiments, things do not augur well in this regard.

As things stand right now, regime change in Syria will usher in an extremely cold period in Syrian-Russian relations. The only way to prevent it, or at least shorten it, is for Russia to reverse course now, allow the current UN resolution to pass unhindered, and to find the courage to apologize to the Syrian people for initially adopting the wrong course. A policy of delaying the inevitable will continue to backfire for Russia.

 This missile was used today, Tuesday January 31, 2012, by Assad loyalist troops to demolish a house in the town of Rastan in Homs Province, killing an entire family in the process. What next? Chemical weapons?


Homs City

The pounding of the neighborhood of Old Homs continues. Signs of devastation are visible everywhere: Boustan Al-Diwan Al-Magharah , Fakhourah  Sifsafeh ,

Boustan Al-Diwan: not even mosques can offer safe refuge for people: a worshipper killed inside Al-Kamil Mosque and other worshippers were trapped Members of the FSA manage to take over a tank and use it to hold off the loyalist attack A martyr

Baba Amr: The pounding continues under the rain , , The pipeline passing through the neighborhood is blown up again, regime blames “terrorists,”  locals say loyalists , Of course they have been pounding the area for three consecutive days Demolished homes Burn injuries are becoming frequent among the locals But snipers remain the ones responsible for most injuries and deaths An injured child More injured A martyr Another

Karm Al-Zeitun: the pounding continues , A house catches fire Targeting a local mosque , Activists say that the house next door was completely demolished but that they are unable to get there and can’t tell how many were killed A local activist report on the pounding even as it occurs

Bab Al-Sibaa: The neighborhood is pounded with mortar rounds An injured man A martyr A funeral

Bab Houd: A martyr His funeral  

Jub Al-Jandali: a martyr His funeral

Wadi Al-Arab: victim of sniper attack

Fakhourah: a local activist uses a loudspeaker to address army troops laying siege to the neighborhood encouraging them to defect

Bab Dreib: locals show off the local clinic that was used as headquarters by loyalists and that was “liberated” on Monday by FSA members  Impact of pounding on the neighborhood , A martyr

Al-Rabei Al-Arabi: the neighborhood comes under fire

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Homs Province

Rastan: continuous pounding drives locals into the open fields FSA members are helping rescue the wounded Treating the wounded The family that lived in this house was wiped out This is the missile responsible for the massacre Another demolished house

Talbisseh: A local taking his last breaths despite his friends efforts to save him , a martyred little girl A mother’s grief A funeral for this martyr   

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Dar Al-Kabirah Ghanto (funeral) Farhaniyeh (funeral)

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Damascus City

A major rally take place at night in Kafar Sousseh – the suburb that hosts the headquarters of the infamous Military Security apparatus among any other security branches

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Eastern Ghoutah

Saqba: Loyalist troops storm into town , Tanks in the suburb A sample of the shells used in pounding the neighborhood

Zamalka: The neighborhood gets pounded Loyalist troops pour into town , Random arrests are made Impact of shelling ,

Hamouriyeh: The neighborhood gets pounded The dead body of a local lies in the streets Another martyr Martyrs get buried in the courtyards of their homes because people are unable to take them to the local cemetery

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Damascus South

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West (Zabadani and Wadi Barada)

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North (The Qalamoun Region )

Nabk: locals tear down posters of Assad in protest over the massacres taking place in Rankous, Yabroud and other Qalamoun communities Assad troops might have been able to storm and control Rankous, but they drove out of their homes and the massacres they have perpetrated are providing fuels for neighboring communities to join the revolution. That’s how it begins , , ,

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Hama City

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Aleppo Road  

Hama Province

Khneizeer: the loyalist militias that became more active after Assad’s latest speech, due to his endorsement, are quickly getting out of control committing sectarian massacres in Homs, and here, getting involved in acts of intimidation and thuggery of local population. Thy is one of a small group of laborers who were assaulted by loyalists while on their back home after a long day of work

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Summary executions of troops who refuse to obey orders to shoot at protesters are still taking place on a daily basis But some, as this defector, manage to escape to joint the local rebel group

Ma’arraat Al-Nouman is pounded at night Martyr But locals rally in defiance ,

Ariha is pounded again , BMP taking part A martyr Members of the FSA manage to destroy this tank carrier Nighttime funeral

Kafrenbel: A martyr he was one of the passengers killed when a sniper opened fire at their microbus His funeral the town come under fire at night

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Deraa City

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Deraa/Hauran Province

Mseifrah: A martyr The neighborhood comes under fire on January 30 Impact of shelling ,

Bosra Al-Sham: at night, the sounds of gunfire echoes in the distance betraying clashes between loyalists and rebels

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Aleppo City

Firdoss Street: protesters come under fire

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Aleppo Province

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Deir Ezzor

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Hassakeh City: protesters in Mufti Street come under fire

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