Monday, February 6, 2012

Why won’t you help us?

“Let those who have a conscience look and see what’s happening to us in Syria” http://youtu.be/_KkWJv1B1CA “What have we done to deserve this?” http://youtu.be/1lqV78slqLg

Sunday 05, 2012

Today’s death toll: 71. The Breakdown: 43 civilians and 28 loyalist troops.

23, including 3 children and 2 women, were killed in the continued pounding of Homs City, especially the neighborhoods of Baba Amr, Karm Al-Shami, Bab Dreib, Bab Al-Sibaa and Inshaa’at, and the nearby towns of Houleh and Rastan. Horrific scenes continue to pour out of Baba Amr “These are children not terrorists” http://youtu.be/WBmk_DV-XSc  

3 were killed in the suburb of Daraya in Damascus, a teenager and a woman as victims of random shooting by loyalist and a young man who died of wounds received on Saturday.

4 were killed in Idlib Province, including a 12 year-old girl from the village of Mastoumah and a young man from the village of Bsamis who was returned dead to his family having been imprisoned by loyalist security forces a few days earlier.

4 protesters were killed in the Deraa/Hauran Province.

Clashes near the village of Al-Barrah in Idlib Province, left 14 loyalist troops dead, including 3 officers. 19 Loyalist soldiers were captured by rebels. 

In the town of Zabadani in Rural Damascus, 3 loyalist officers were killed in clashes with rebels protecting the town from invasion. Meanwhile, the pounding of Zabadani and the neighboring town of Madaya the town continues. 

The pounding of the historic town of Tadmor (Palmyra) has been escalated with over 500 mortar rounds and anti-airplane missies used in the operations so far.

Meanwhile, and in a typical fashion, Syrian opposition groups responded to the massacres by issuing more statements and forming new groups and councils that decried divisiveness. Today, the highest ranking officer to defect to Turkey, Major General Mustafa Ahmad Al-Sheikh, announced the formation of the High Syrian Council for the Liberation of Syria. Two days ago, a group of 70 Syrians announced the formation of the National Current for Change, which sprung up of the Antalya Conference for Change the first opposition coalition to be launched after the beginning of the Revolution. For its part, the Syrian National Council, continued its practice of issuing stentorian pronouncements celebrating its various successes in reaching out to the international community while simultaneously decrying the violence perpetrated by the Assads.

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The story on the ground in Homs in particular is this: loyalists cannot stand up to local rebels in direct combat, they are always pushed out to the outskirts of rebellious communities after each assault, and they are in fact losing ground. But from their position on the outskirts they can continue to inflect damage on rebels by indiscriminately pounding their strongholds with artillery and mortar fire. That’s what’s happening in Old Homs, and that’s what’s happening in the town of Rastan, among other restive communities.

Should rebels lay their hands on more sophisticated weaponry, the entire momentum of the current conflict will shift to their side. Liberated town will become truly liberated and protected, and the Assad and their loyalists will be forced to be truly on the defensive for once. It’s only when this situation is created on the ground that the world can push for a negotiated settlement. By that time, the Assads will have been sufficiently weakened within their own camp as well for other likely leaders to emerge and influence the decision-making process.

Homs

Homs City

Baba Amr: The pounding touches even the local cemetery and the surrounding residential neighborhoods http://youtu.be/EVQ0uTx0ZbM , http://youtu.be/WmMHPq6yJD8 , http://youtu.be/v9kWd1RstJc Local activist Khalid Abou Salah shows off two wounded children: one who lost his lower jaw and another who lost his left leg as result of the pounding of the neighborhood and calls for international support. “These are children, not terrorists,” he says http://youtu.be/WBmk_DV-XSc , http://youtu.be/wGXjriWCh7M “Let those who have a conscience look and see what’s happening to us in Syria” http://youtu.be/_KkWJv1B1CA





Bab Tadmor: This car was hit in the shelling and its 2 occupants were killed http://youtu.be/fc4DXLwvsE0 , http://youtu.be/OdokMxpDDH4 But local members of the FSA manage to wrest control over the historical House of Trabelsi from loyalists http://youtu.be/pb7G6WutDa4 , http://youtu.be/eK4Gx1PJ8KY , http://youtu.be/vw2-mkDQ_5A , http://youtu.be/x5YznJ9sijA Locals celebrate the precarious victory http://youtu.be/fNYBUcRemI4

Bab Al-Sibaa: Wounded http://youtu.be/mW5k3gWcp8M , http://youtu.be/SNVZqRiCNj8 Martyr http://youtu.be/QZe8G5ETgp0 A survey of the neighborhood after pounding http://youtu.be/Ae2Yf37M774

Bab Dreib: local woman is martyred http://youtu.be/_6bFUfDw5Pc

Wadi Arab: A martyr http://youtu.be/aXQ8LrSBHuw

Al-Rifai: sniper victim http://youtu.be/01PeZ9ba9nc Saying goodbye http://youtu.be/4zPA-WFGbvc the neighborhood is pounded http://youtu.be/6Jg6X9RaUu0

Jouret Al-Shayah: 2 martyrs http://youtu.be/xNDMyrCHUsA Their impromptu funeral http://youtu.be/DKQ1_dmiFg4

Insha’aat: Local hospital is targeted by the pounding http://youtu.be/Z8uYtiZGxwE And the local mosque as well http://youtu.be/HzacFmgZJRk

Karm Al-Zeitun: Local activist Aboul Zein introduces us to some of the victims in his neighborhood http://youtu.be/Bn3lZR1x8jE Martyrs http://youtu.be/j65gbJA07Xg , http://youtu.be/Kd68nuc5-j4 , http://youtu.be/pUVU-g11DdU , http://youtu.be/LLmqjkuPyRY Funeral http://youtu.be/Mezu2Q_p_Rs Mothers grieving http://youtu.be/EpOwfeFLcPs , http://youtu.be/YpTUvb0UXbE

Asheerah: hoisting the independence flag on one of the building solicits a barrage of automatic machinegun fire http://youtu.be/4y9EqnG9Dvc The neighborhood gets pounded http://youtu.be/QEOp5_0ByW0 A house catches fire http://youtu.be/aumO-98yZGU The pounding continues http://youtu.be/fDPEOpkuB2k Black smoke fills the skies http://youtu.be/2Ojk8wGmsUI

Deir Baalbah: locals find two unidentified bodies thrown in one of the main streets of their suburb http://youtu.be/DoO3fkPTvQQ At dusk, the neighborhood comes under fire http://youtu.be/SWYWYHCMP3Y , http://youtu.be/dsADlRfeNsA Treating the wounded http://youtu.be/_3UHilqhxAU , http://youtu.be/e_fDVdgLmbQ

Al-Rabei Al-Arabi: The neighborhood is pounded http://youtu.be/XUv1zmj6-A0 , http://youtu.be/5vcu4yQar-Q Chopper flying over the neighborhood http://youtu.be/bWdxWCwSjvA  Another, or perhaps the same flies over Bayadah http://youtu.be/eOBgsXrXCTA Baba Amr http://youtu.be/AqaNIJKbUuA and lands on top of the military hospital in Wa’er http://youtu.be/E8GULsxlUGU A short while later, it flies away http://youtu.be/_PwVFygXoEc


Boustan Al-Diwan: locals tried to commemorate the Prophet’s birthday, despite the miseries all around http://youtu.be/bnCZOjAIr8k

Wa’er: locals stage a nighttime play mocking Assad and his mother http://youtu.be/SRqaJaaRLJ0

Bayadah: locals complain of lack of all basic services and foodstuffs http://youtu.be/peQmeHjvWRY , http://youtu.be/B8p-wjN_08I

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Homs Province

Rastan: Impact of pounding http://youtu.be/C-lHn63F0ec , http://youtu.be/J17vi732eWo Families leave the town in cars http://youtu.be/JLT2Wr6A1RA and on foot http://youtu.be/lD5S1ARslKI to get out from under the continuous shelling, which sometimes affected entire families http://youtu.be/DRwyMVi23AY


But even as the pounding and dying continue, local rebels continue their drive to liberate the city. Here a group of them blow up the local headquarters of political security http://youtu.be/WniKGtQAmZw and With such operations the city has practically come under their complete control http://youtu.be/KObTLKytHWA , http://youtu.be/ybZogWXMT_E Indeed, local rebel leader, Ahmad Bahbouh, declares the town “liberated” http://youtu.be/cWCHhoBCUCw In between rounds of pounding, locals hold a rally to celebrate their precarious liberty http://youtu.be/DTHEQ1jKGU8

Samples of the shell used in the pounding of Rastan http://youtu.be/NiBvmjYPpPk

Houleh: more generals defect http://youtu.be/SEuq81qRuH0 A shell explodes next to the cameraman, no word on his condition http://youtu.be/w0Rky6-lJYs

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Damascus

Damascus City

Protester tears down a poster of Assad hoisted at the back entrance of a local security branch in broad daylight http://youtu.be/RfNdpXrPy0s These “small” acts of defiance are daily happenings in Damascus and Aleppo.

Midan: locals held a public prayer for the victims of the Assads, old and new http://youtu.be/hRZNMUho30I 

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Eastern Ghoutah



Saqba: a tank column patrols the streets of the town http://youtu.be/HTrZQuFsjho

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Damascus South

Daraya: the neighborhood is invaded by loyalist troops who open fire on mourners taking part in a funeral for yesterday’s martyrs http://youtu.be/ssNwSvFSFVc The cameraman is hit by a shrapnel http://youtu.be/HNo6Fqlehu0 but he is rescued by colleagues http://youtu.be/fQTihWP_imk The neighborhood gets pounded http://youtu.be/nUKR2RG1GgY , http://youtu.be/tUh1seVQkBU Black smoke fills the sky http://youtu.be/-qqhmfMWfx8 , http://youtu.be/Xgj_DrZH8j4 Saving the wounded http://youtu.be/cMAiCbJeq7k A martyr http://youtu.be/o-Y7cJAZj0A Loyalist security officers and burn shops http://youtu.be/Sq9x0UktiYs Pulling a victim of a sniper attack to safety (Feb 4) http://youtu.be/t7Pf1A4ypMQ

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West (Zabadani and Wadi Barada)


Ain Al-Fijeh: the town is currently under the control of local unit of the FSA http://youtu.be/60-jqKWes30

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North (The Qalamoun Region )

Dmeir: local rebury their dead, after their bodies were dug out by loyalist troops http://youtu.be/gtGIl6yIR98 A child martyr http://youtu.be/EE_GKZ-Yi7Q

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Hama

Hama City

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Hama Province

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Idlib


Kafrenbel: 11 security officers defect and join the ranks of the FSA http://youtu.be/yxOgB-YsuPI

Ma’ar Shourine: A martyr http://youtu.be/mfYYVfD8Oig A Funeral http://youtu.be/spj0OYYm6_Y

KhanShaikhoon: A martyr http://youtu.be/llb1ytgbtKg


Idlib City: Loyalist militias fire at a nighttime rally http://youtu.be/G8z7KFDL7cc , http://youtu.be/lPMtknw1lkM wounded are brought to the local hospital http://youtu.be/NkvQNZaWHQo A martyr http://youtu.be/BOOIQTOIzQQ

Jisr Ashoughour: the city gets pounded after midnight (1 min into the clip) http://youtu.be/LFpZVrZiav8 

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Binnish (burning the Russian and Chinese flags while chanting “Russia and China, go to hell”) http://youtu.be/ZnkS3fWzUNs Sarmada http://youtu.be/yMusBuNiG-4 Najiyeh http://youtu.be/ieZ1hlfFXLU Talf http://youtu.be/2aKFqv9mxD0 Sarmeen http://youtu.be/PvnsubgYtwc

Deraa/Hauran

Deraa City

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Deraa/Hauran Province

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Aleppo

Aleppo Province


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Deir Ezzor


A new fighting unit is formed http://youtu.be/gY90eIM_X0I

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Hassakeh


Qamishlo: Kurdish protesters clash with security forces http://youtu.be/OnmKsPIUcho

Daytime Rallies
Qamishlo (funeral) http://youtu.be/9oP-H7yuSbU

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Lattakia


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Raqqah


Raqqah City (Wadi): Locals take to the streets again http://youtu.be/4bVWX3bVLQ4 , http://youtu.be/BE1rw5-uL8Y , http://youtu.be/KWCTzZS9wr0 , http://youtu.be/X5ENNjv1s0Y Spraying revolutionary slogans on the pavements http://youtu.be/ERjJi5iOgkU , http://youtu.be/FSJn2mMNLEs Treating a protester who inhaled tear gas http://youtu.be/UphXk24B_2E

Nighttime Rallies